August 7th, 2002, 07:27 PM
FBI's Internet warning ineffective
I had a conversation about something similiar in IRC a few days ago and there were a lot of opinions whether an attack against the Internet would, in fact, cause any effect at all, since traffic can easily be routed other ways. What's your opinion on this? Could the Internet be crippled by a few well placed attacks? If so, what do you think we can do to help stop it?
Excerpt taken from Reuters here.
Internet Traffic Flows Smoothly After Warning
The Internet continued to operate smoothly one day after the FBI warned of wide-scale attacks against U.S. Web sites and Internet service providers, network engineers said on Tuesday.
Despite worries that a crippling attack could be launched from Western Europe on Monday and Tuesday, experts who monitor Internet traffic said that they knew of no Web sites that had been knocked offline, and had detected little or no change in the speed of the global computer network.
An analyst for a company that measures network speeds said he had detected a spike in traffic coming out of Turkey and Kyrgyzstan at around 2 a.m. EDT, and a slight slowdown in the U.S. network two hours later.
"We saw a definite degradation of performance, but it was very minimal," said Matrix NetSystems' Abelardo Gonzalez.
Others said they had seen no unusual activity at all.
August 7th, 2002, 08:23 PM