White House Web site moves to Linux

    Date24 Jul 2001
    CategoryGovernment
    3546
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    The White House Web site has been moved onto a Linux platform after its administrators managed to successfully side step an attack by the Code Red worm. Netcraft reports that Whitehouse.gov is now being hosted by peering firm AboveNet and . . . The White House Web site has been moved onto a Linux platform after its administrators managed to successfully side step an attack by the Code Red worm. Netcraft reports that Whitehouse.gov is now being hosted by peering firm AboveNet and that the site uses a Netscape-Enterprise/3.6 Web server on a Linux platform. Prior to its forced move, Netcraft suggests the site was run on a Sun server, but the data on this is far from conclusive.

    As previously reported, one of the main features of the Code Red worm, which targets vulnerabilities in Microsoft IIS Web servers, was to attempt to flood the White House Web site via a co-ordinated distributed denial of service attack.

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