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Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Is an "Electronic Jihad" Imminent?

eWeek has posted an article about growing concerns over a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against Web servers in the very near future. In fact, some people wonder if tomorrow (8/26) will be "D-Day."

The article cites a patten of recent, severe DDoS attacks, and speculates they could be a warm-up to a larger assault. It also notes the recent cracking of two security algorithms.

Threats of a widespread cyberattack have been circulating for years. In fact, I recall hearing such warnings as far back as 1995, when I first starting working the Web. But with the Republican National Convention a week away, anything is possible.