Of mad snipers and cyber- terrorists
Last Monday the Internet was attacked in what one Washington official described as "the most sophisticated and largest assault" in its history. Eight of thirteen root DNS servers got whacked simultaneously with a distributed denial of service attack. Had the assault not been shut down in an hour, the constant interchange of e-mail spam and viruses might have been slowed; the ability of millions to BS idly with strangers in IRC might have been impeded; e-commerce orders of bulk dog food might have gone unfulfilled; and millions of teenagers might have been denied their daily downloads of porn and warez and MP3s.
Creepy MSN butterfly guy identified
In a recent article dealing with Microsoft's advertising crimes against New York City I described their new MSN-8 butterfly advert as bearing "the silhouette of a ghastly adult male with ludicrous antennae reminiscent of the 'Killer Bee' skits from Saturday Night Live, and creepy, superhero gloves, with colorful 'butterfly' wings."
Open Source is good for America – US military advised
A report commissioned by the US military concludes that open source and free software should play a greater part in the infrastructure of the world's remaining superpower.
Merseyside council suspends five in porn probe
Five staff in a council team dealing with young offenders have been suspended for alleged "Internet misuse".
Kournikova virus author loses appeal
Jan de Wit, aka OnTheFly, infamous author of the Anna Kournikova worm, has lost his appeal against his sentence for creating and distributing the prolific worm.
DoCoMo gets defaced
Japanese mobile operator NTT DoCoMo shut down part of its Web site last week after an attack by Internet vandals.
SuSE Linux makes its pitch for the Windows desktop
SuSE is pitching for the mainstream office client market with the announcement today of SuSE Linux Desktop, which it ominously describes as the "first element of SuSE's product campaign for the utilization of Linux on workstations." The product, which will ship from January, is aimed squarely at existing Windows users, companies and individuals with no previous Linux experience.