Q&A: Threats to the US critical communications infrastructure
by Mirko Zorz - Tuesday, 14 October 2008.
We have already seen coordinated attacks on Estonia and Georgia. It is a well known fact that significant bot networks exist under the control of disreputable organizations. The only saving grace with bot networks and their being propagated by organized crime, it that the goal of organized criminals is to make money, and in order to achieve their goal, they need the Internet to work reliably. So it is unlikely that a bot network will extemporaneously cripple the Internet as that would be counterproductive to their goals.However, these bot networks can be rented – and those potentially renting them could task them with disruption of the Internet, at least for a time. All that is required is motive and that certainly exists in many different forms. Well informed network administrators must be ever vigilant so that their systems are properly configured and must quickly implement both reactive and preemptive security patches.