MyDooms Denial-of-Service Attack on SCO May Have Begun
The SCO Group's Web site was reported to be inaccessible for several hours late on Wednesday. Analysts suggested that the premature execution of the MyDoom worm's distributed denial-of-service attack could be to blame.According to monitoring systems run by Bath, England-based security consulting firm Netcraft, The SCO Groups Web site had been inaccessible since late Wednesday. SCO said on Tuesday that it had been hit with distributed denial-of-service attack and offered a reward for the arrest and conviction of the worms author. Netcrafts data showed several short-lived outages on Tuesday and then a long continuing break on Wednesday evening. SCO was unavailable for comment.
The distributed denial-of service attack against the Lindon, Utah-based SCO from various versions of the MyDoom worm isnt scheduled to execute until February 1. However, analysts pointed out that users of an infected computer could easily invoke the DDoS action by moving the system clock forward. This idea was suggested by some participants in a recent Slashdot thread.