Innocents caught in SCO-Linux cross fire

Friday, 29 August 2003, 8:18 AM EST

The battle between The SCO Group and the Linux and open-source communities is apparently taking some innocent bystanders hostage.

Take Centershift, a small startup ASP, based in Salt Lake City, that provides services to specific real-estate markets such as self-storage and multi-family residential housing. While Centershift is completely independent of SCO, it does share significant infrastructure with SCO as both companies host portions of their operations from the same hosting facility in Lindon, Utah.

"As neighbors on the Internet and within the same hosting facility, Centershift has been made to suffer greatly as SCO has battled with the Linux, Unix and open-source communities. Each DDoS attack aimed at SCO over the past 4 months has crippled not only SCO, but Centershift as well," James Hafen, Centershift's chief technical officer and senior vice president, told eWEEK in an e-mail on Wednesday.

"Stepping aside from the issues of how, architecturally, this would have spilled over into Centershift's domain, it should be known that bystanders are being injured as this war rages on," Hafen added.

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