CERT officials downplay last week's attack

Officials at what many think of as the security community's 'early warning' website aren't saying much about the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that disrupted the site and even knocked it out for a short time last week.

          Officials at what many think of as the security community's "early warning" website aren't saying much about the distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that disrupted the site and even knocked it out for a short time last week.

          Beyond the short statement that the CERT Coordination Center at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh released last week, officials had nothing more to say.

          "We don't want to call attention to ourselves," a spokesman said yesterday.

          After last week's attack, CERT's Jeffrey Carpenter said that the attacks were not unique.

          "On a daily basis, the CERT/CC is the target of attack attempts by intruders, and has been for many years," Carpenter said. "The nature of the protocols and technology used for the internet causes organisations to be dependent on the security of others. Thus, no organisation, including the CERT/CC, is completely immune to occasional service disruptions."

          Carpenter went on to say that DDoS attacks, "in particular, can cause operational problems that take time to resolve.

          "Because the internet wasn't designed with any built-in flow control, once a denial-of-service attack has begun, there is no quick, straightforward way to halt the attack," he says.

          Since Friday, the CERT site has been up and the notice warning of service interruptions has been removed.

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