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Assessing the Web's damage, threats

A rash of attacks have crippled some of the Web's leading sites and drawn an FBI investigation. But while the effects are assessed, many believe that long-term damage is minimal.


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By staff
February 9, 2000, 5:00 p.m. PT

Despite doomsaying, Net will survive
This week's "denial of service" attacks on major sites have inspired a level of doomsaying not heard since the peak of Y2K mania. But many say the Web will suffer no lasting damage.

Making weapons underground
The weapons used in the assaults bear the markings of a small circle of anonymous programmers who create hostile technologies in the name of research.

Leading Web sites fall prey
updateThe list of victims continues to grow, with online trading sites E*Trade and Datak joining eBay,,, Yahoo and others.

Crackdown vowed in Washington
update Attorney General Janet Reno promises that federal law enforcement authorities will do all in their power to track down the perpetrators.

Cyberspace is difficult terrain for FBI
Although the FBI has vowed to track down those responsible for this week's cyber attacks, security experts say they will have a tough time.

How "denial of service" attacks work
infographic CNET illustrates how the programs behind such assaults work--and how companies can prevent them.

Web sites asked to be on alert
The Commerce Department urges online companies and agencies to be certain that their sites are not being used as launching pads for the troublesome outages wreaking havoc on the Web.

Investors flock to security stocks
updateThere's always a silver lining on Wall Street: Shares of companies that sell security products are rising.

New assault weapons pose threat
A combination of new technologies and the rising stakes of online business may help explain this week's rash of outages at some of the Web's largest companies.

How a basic attack crippled Yahoo
The assault highlights a simple technique that can cripple a large, relatively well-prepared Internet company.


 Previous coverage
• Outage a deliberate attack, Yahoo says
• Attack knocks out


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