No service for you. Come back one year.


— 1:45 AM on February 9, 2000

What does a Yahoo, Amazon or eBay visitor have in common with a guy who just missed snagging the Quad? They're both DENIED. That's the way it's been for the last couple of days, anyway, as denial of service attacks have swamped all of the aforementioned sites along with CNN.com and Buy.com. Go to News.com for the scoop. They've got an article on today's Buy.com attack, a later article on Buy.com as well as Amazon and eBay, and of course the article on the Yahoo attack that Damage reported on earlier.

It's difficult to say at this point if the later attacks were by the same people who attacked Yahoo, or if copycats were responsible. Regardless, the attacks are coordinated and distributed; several different computers were used to flood the targeted sites.

If you're curious as to how this sort of thing can happen, News.com has you covered there too. First take a look at this article that explains what a denial of service attack is and how it works, then check out this article that discusses some of the software out there that makes distributed DOS attacks easier by enlisting the aid of other computers-- without their owners' knowledge.

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