De FBI heeft na enig snuffelwerk sporen van de denial of service attacks van afgelopen week terug weten te traceren naar een aantal universiteiten in CaliforniŽ. Computers van Stanford University, UCLA en de University of California zouden door 'hackers' misbruikt zijn om de DDoS aanvallen uit te voeren (ingestuurd door
Network administrators at the University of California at Santa Barbara confirmed today that one of their computers was used to attack CNN's Web site on Tuesday. Attackers had secretly managed to install software that helped send a barrage of messages that temporarily crippled the news site's servers.
Computers at Stanford and UCLA also were used in the attacks, according to reports. Officials at Stanford confirmed that attackers used an Internet router to send data aimed at Web auction site eBay, the Associated Press reported. There was no indication that anyone at either university was directly involved, only that their equipment was used, according to reports. [break] In een ander artikel schrijft News.com dat de FBI op zoek is naar een duitse 'hacker' die werkzaam is als beveiligingsexpert en een programma heeft geschreven waarmee distributed DoS attacks opgezet kunnen worden: [/break] The FBI, working with the National Infrastructure Protection Center, is trying to track down a programmer known only as "Mixter," the German newspaper Die Welt reported today. In an interview with CNET News.com on Wednesday, Mixter acknowledged that he had written programs that appear similar to those used in the "denial of service" attacks but said he was not involved in the incidents, which brought down Yahoo, eBay, Amazon.com and other online giants.
[...] "The fact that I authored these tools does in no way mean that I condone their active use. I must admit I was quite shocked to hear about the latest attacks," Mixter wrote in an email interview with News.com. "It seems that the attackers are pretty clueless people who misuse powerful resources and tools for generally harmful and senseless activities just because they can