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SCO Takes www.sco.com Out of the DNS

SCO Takes www.sco.com Out of the DNS

"SCO has done the public spirited thing and taken www.sco.com out of the DNS," according to UK's Netcraft site.

"This means," says Netcraft's Mike Prettejohn, "that there will be no more http traffic travelling across the internet from the infected machines to www.sco.com."

"Plausibly," Prettejohn adds, "the hostmaster's plan was set the TTL to 60 seconds to give himself the flexibility of having changes propogate promptly, and then see what the http traffic was like before making a decision to remove the site from the DNS. He has now decided that he has seen enough. SCO may also have been the subject of pressure from ISPs to put a stop to the http traffic."

The Netcraft site then carries the following report:

%host www.sco.com
Host www.sco.com not found: 3(NXDOMAIN)
% dig www.sco.com www.sco.com. IN A
% date
Sun Feb 1 19:29:50 GMT 2004


"Generally," adds Prettejohn, "conditions on the Internet seem very acceptable at the moment, with few hosting company sites experiencing failed requests . This contrasts markedly with forecasts from Anti-virus companies and this morning's press release from SCO which reported the Internet as being overwhelmed."

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dant 02/03/04 11:01:03 AM EST

The 'public spirited' thing would be to quick issuing press releases containing FUD and quit threatening companies with baseless lawsuits.

Sorry. I have no sympathy for them or the poor poor sysadmins who dont know how to patch a security hole.

j.hromish 02/02/04 02:16:11 PM EST

You know, if taking the DNS entry out was a possibility
worth entertaining then they've largely done the "public
spirited thing". However, if the worm wouldn't do much
without being able to look up www.sco.com (including
propagate?), then it would have been far more "public
spirited" to have done that immediately after finding this
out last week. That would have shorted the whole thing to
ground, and much of that mail server & inbox swamping may
not have happened.

Now, granted, they probably wouldn't want to drop it
permanently, but a few weeks would have been helpful.

.jimh