Malicious hackers - the sophisticated adversary

Monday, 5 April 2004, 3:37 PM EST

Darl McBride, the embattled CEO of SCO, visited our office recently and when he showed up, his eyes were sagging. They were red-rimmed, glassy and bloodshot and, overall, he looked worn. But it wasn't because of the litigious morass he'd created by suing IBM and others over the alleged plagiarism of Unix code that his company owns—at least not directly. McBride looked haggard because of a virus called Mydoom.

The day McBride visited was the day that SCO was forced to relocate its entire website to a new URL because the viciously effective denial of service attack had completely leveled sco.com and, in the process, disrupted everything around it. It's sort of like 300,000 people showing up to protest one store at the mall. Other stores in the mall may not be a target but certainly they're affected.

By Scott Berinato at CIO.

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