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Re: [News] Cheapskate Web Hosting Choice Took Lieberman's Site Offline

__/ [ Richard Rasker ] on Wednesday 09 August 2006 13:44 \__

> Op Wed, 09 Aug 2006 13:04:20 +0100, schreef Roy Schestowitz:
>> Lieberman Web site is crashed by hackers
>> ,----[ Quote ]
>> | Intrigue surrounded Connecticut's Democratic Senate race
>> | yesterday as U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman's campaign staff said hackers
>> | crashed his Web site just in time for primary day.
>> `----
> It seems that Lieberman picked a $15/month web hosting deal to support a
> $12m election campaign:
> http://www.postchronicle.com/news/original/article_21233007.shtml
>> Lieberman: Site nailed by denial of service, demands AG investigate
>> opponent
>> http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=3455
>> Denial of service attacks are known to be the artefact of Windows zombies.
> Or trying to get away with the absolute cheapest "solution".
> Yup.

An opportunity to argue that the competition was involved in this DDOS
attack. When you can't win, whine.

>> http://www.freemarketnews.com/WorldNews.asp?nid=18395
> Summarized: it was most probably Lieberman's own fault, not Linux' or even
> Windows' - as "Ricky Bobby" correctly predicted:
> "Linux advocates can now begin blaming this on the user and say it was
>  user fault and not the fault of OS."

I'd say that no matter how much Lieberman paid, the zombies would have
paralysed the server, using brute force alone. How can you refuse 100,000
simultaneous connections from all over the world? All the agent strings
would contain IE5/6 and Windows, This string is not yet a minority. There
are botnets out there that include hundreds of thousands of Windows boxes on
ADSL or high-speed Ethernet.

The whole thing makes me wonder about multi-node Windows computational
servers. Essentially, These have been available for years. Hijackers have
been capturing bot armies and used them to send billions of SPAM and take
down Web sites using brute-force attacks (among other nasties like ransom
and browser redirections, of course). The last thing the world needs are
more powerful Windows servers. Wait until the first supercomputer gets
hijacked. It'll be almost as amusing (in a sick way) as the Seattle hospital
the became a zombie farm.

Best wishes,


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