Commentary: DOS attack--paying for others' problems

Friday, 12 December 2003, 12:19 PM EST

It's hard to feel sympathy for the SCO Group these days. The litigious company has tried to lay claim to some key parts of the Linux operating system as part of its contract dispute with IBM, a move that has distracted an important part of software development.

However, a denial-of-service attack aimed at the company should make the information-technology managers in most companies twinge. More than 4,000 such attacks happen every week, according to a 2001 study. A well-crafted attack can be impossible to stop and takes a lot of money to mitigate.

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