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SCO has moved its Internet operations to the domain www.thescogroup.com in response to the denial of service attack generated by the MyDoom worm against its regular base of operations, www.sco.com.

The alternate Web site is expected to serve as an interim site for SCO until 12 February, when the DDoS attack generated by the MyDoom is expected to conclude.

Netcraft reports that www.thescogroup.com resolves to the same IP address as sco.com, one of a variety of SCO web sites that remains in operation despite the MyDoom assault.

Since MyDoom targets only www.sco.com, SCO was able to remove the DNS entry for this particular site to block the attack and allow it to maintain a web presence via different URLs.

Pity us - evil 'hackers' are attacking

SCO knew when exactly when the DDoS attack against its corporate site would begin. So why didn’t arrange to redirect before the attack commenced?

Critics of SCO are contrasting the company’s actions with Microsoft's approach when Windows Update was attacked by machines infected with the Blaster worm. They say SCO allowed its web presence to be temporarily swept away in a tide of MyDoom-generated crap in a cynical play designed to provoke sympathy for company.

www.sco.com – along with www.microsoft.com – was due to be bombarded with traffic generated by the MyDoom-B worm from earlier this afternoon.

However, because MyDoom-B is far, far less prevalent than MyDoom-A this ‘assault’ will only be a puny affair that will be trivial to defend against.

Message filtering firm MessageLabs has blocked 18 million copies of MyDoom-A by lunchtime today compared to just 100 copies of MyDoom-B. ®

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