The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)'s site is now transiently available after an extended outage and now appears to be running Linux.
Inevitably, this will lead to speculation that SCO might add the RIAA to the list of Linux using organizations currently receiving attention from its lawyers.
Of course, the RIAA is itself well endowed with lawyers should it need to defend itself, and just yesterday announced the latest in its own series of lawsuits against Internet users it believes are improperly sharing copyrighted music files.
If MyDoom.F was indeed the culprit, it raises an ongoing threat for the RIAA site, as the malware is programmed to launch its DDoS between the 17th and 22nd days of every month.(more...)
The web site of the Recording Industry Association of America remains offline in an outage now approaching five days in duration. The www.riaa.com web site was targeted for a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack by the MyDoom.F virus. The current outage now exceeds the RIAA site's four-day outage in July 2002, which was attributed to a DDoS.
A dynamically updating graph of the sites targeted for DDoS by various MyDoom variants is available here.
The UK's top 20 betting sites have suffered 33 separate outages since March 1, according to an analysis by the BBC which has been investigating Internet based extortion in the gambling industry. Fifteen of the 20 bookies have been offline during that time. Four of the providers - William Hill, Betdaq, Totalbet and UKBetting - have said they were either attacked or received extortion demands by criminals prior to the March 15 start of the Cheltenham Festival, a leading horse racing event is experiencing its second extended outage in less than a week. .
TotalBet is among the betting sites that acknowledge being targeted by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in recent weeks, and was offline for nearly 36 hours on March 16-17.
A dynamically updating graph of the top 20 UK betting sites is available here.
Anecdotal reports are that it is imperative for sites not to pay off DDoS blackmail demands, as the capability to perform DDoS attacks is quite widespread and information on soft targets circulates rapidly amongst that community.
The www.sco.com web site was brought back online by The SCO Group over the weekend after an extended hiatus following the MyDoom-related distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the site. The relaunched site experienced a brief outage last night, but otherwise has been available.
A dynamically upgrading graph is available here.(more...)
The main Recording Industry Association of America web site www.riaa.com has experienced intermittent outages since the spread of the MyDoom.F virus, which programs computers to launch a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the site.
Antivirus vendor Trend Micro says it has detected more than 23,000 machines infected with MyDoom.F, a sizeable number but far less than its predecessor, MyDoom.A, which launched a DDoS that kept www.sco.com site offline for the first half of February.