Tech Sleuth Tracked Down Net Flaw Just For The Thrill

Security researcher develops a new attack for a well-known flaw in the TCP protocol.

Paul Watson became an Internet celebrity last week when the British government made public his research exposing a flaw in a core Internet technology that could allow hackers to shut down large portions of the global network.

Watson began devoting much of his spare time to the issue. He said he spent evenings and two weeks of vacation holed up in his basement.

"Im really just shocked and amazed at the response," said the 35-year-old Watson, who works as a computer security officer for industrial automation company Rockwell Automation Inc.

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