Feds Warn Of Concerted Hacker Attacks On New Year' Eve

    Date29 Dec 2000
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    Federal computer security experts are urging system administrators to take added precautions in securing Web servers and network firewalls in advance of the New Year's holiday weekend, citing FBI reports indicating an increase in activity that often precedes widespread cyber attacks. . . . Federal computer security experts are urging system administrators to take added precautions in securing Web servers and network firewalls in advance of the New Year's holiday weekend, citing FBI reports indicating an increase in activity that often precedes widespread cyber attacks. Authorities at the National Infrastructure Protection Center (NIPC, http://www.nipc.gov ) - the FBI's cyber crime division - said data gleaned from FBI investigations and other sources indicate that many computer systems may already have been turned into "zombies" waiting for commands from hackers to cripple the Internet.

    For the past several weeks, security experts have warned that malicious hackers may have hijacked hundreds of computer systems that could be used to help wage large-scale attacks similar to those that brought down Amazon.com, Yahoo and other high-profile Web sites in February.

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