MyDoom DDoS attack on Microsoft gains momentum;
access denied from some world cities intermittently

news flash

London, UK - 9 February 2004, 11:25 GMT - Although 3rd February came and went without any visible Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on Microsoft by MyDoom, the weekend has shown further signs of strain building up on Microsoft's web site. The website has been intermittently inaccessible on a few occasions from major North American, European and Asian cities on Saturday and Sunday as MyDoom continued to spread relentlessly and MyDoom.b upgraded MyDoom.a infected machines.

As of 10:30 GMT, the Microsoft web site's time to download the home page has been dilating very fast from less than half of one second to well over 2.5 seconds as an average, as measured from London and other world cities. Provincial cities are reporting worse dilations. Either Microsoft will make more bandwidth available soon or it will end up with a SCO type situation in the coming few days. The MyDoom.b attack is designed to last up until the 1st of March. There could also be a new variant of MyDoom on the prowl.

"MyDoom is still out there and spreading. It has picked up momentum in the last 48 hours once again. This is a dangerous global epidemic. There are over a million computers still infected that have their backdoors open and they are being upgraded to a later variant of MyDoom which targets Microsoft," said DK Matai, Executive Chairman, mi2g. "This tragic malware episode is not yet over by any account."


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