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SCO Moves Site, Microsoft Shrugs Off Attack

SCO Moves Site, Microsoft Shrugs Off Attack

For the duration of the MyDoom attack, now deemed the largest Denial of Service attack in human history - SCO normally gets 600,000 hits a day was flooded with 50 times that number - the company has changed its web site from www.sco.com to www.thescogroup.com.

For all the warning SCO got, a lot of the new site's hyperlinks initially took the visitor back to the inoperable www.sco.com, a situation that was subsequently fixed.

The new site also provides links to security vendors like Network Associates and Symantec that the MyDoom.b variant was scheduled to try to interrupt.

SCO said moving the web site is the first step in a layered contingency plan believed to consist largely of moving the site around if need be. It simply pulled the plug on sco.com.

SCO repeated that it and Microsoft had posted a $500,000 reward for the capture of MyDoom's author or authors. Microsoft, one of the sturdier web sites, withstood the very much smaller MyDoom.b assault - the second worm infected very few boxes - on Tuesday although it also set up an alternate web site that customers who couldn't reach www.microsoft.com could use. It's at https://information.microsoft.com/. MyDoom.b was supposed to aggravate Microsoft until the end of the month.

Virus researchers currently think that based on internal evidence both MyDoom and MyDoom.b are the work of one hand, possibly someone named Andy. Microsoft is expecting a MyDoom.c to be developed that will come after it.

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David Silverlight 02/06/04 04:17:33 PM EST

Interesting but funny story. I am very much of a "PC Guy" and last week I went into a Mac store to look around. Basically, it seems that the PC has really caught up to the Mac in usability and surpassed it in some areas. I chatted with one of the salesholes and asked him what is really the difference between the two today. They look virtually identical. The only argument that really seemed to make a difference to me was that he said that Macs DO NOT get viruses. I did not have any stats to tell him off of the top of my head, but it sure did seem wrong. This, of course, is an example of the same virus hitting a big Linux company vs a big Windows company. Curious how the Windows company and Linux company handled it this time.

One other interesting thing I noted is that the SCO group calls moving their website a "first step in a layered contingency plan". That is such a lame way of somehow justifying that you are not technically qualified to handle such an attack. Ummm.....Yeah.....I meant to do that....it was our.....plan all along, Yeah, that's the ticket. Also, if moving your entire site is the first step, then what is the next step, renaming the company?