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Kazaa, eDonkey brace for attack

by Donna Buenaventura / April 6, 2004 2:28 AM PDT

File-sharing Web sites Kazaa and eDonkey are steeling themselves for a distributed denial-of-service attack expected Wednesday from a clutch of new variants of the NetSky worm.

NetSky.Q, which first appeared last week, is designed to attack various Web sites that distribute either file-sharing clients or hacking and cracking tools. Kazaa and eDonkey are its best-known targets and the attack is scheduled to last for six days. However, they will get only a short break because NetSky.T, which was discovered Tuesday, is set to launch a new distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on April 14. This attack is scheduled to last for 10 days.

Mikko Hypponen, director of antivirus research at F-Secure, said he expects the targets to fare badly because they are relatively small companies that will not have the necessary infrastructure to survive a large DDoS attack. "NetSky is widespread, so I wouldn't be surprised if the sites collapse under the load," he said.


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