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Colonel Daniel Ragsdale, director of the Information Technology Operations Center at West Point, one of the founders of CDX, said that information assurance has lost ground as more functionality is required out of the networks and makes them more vulnerable. Ragsdale said the SQL slammer worm affected 90% of the 75,000 vulnerable hosts in ten minutes after it was released.
"This attack back in October was especially troubling because they were able to do a denial of service attack on top level domain servers which effectively for all practical purposes if you could take them out would be a denial of service on the internet," said Ragsdale. Ragsdale believes the attack was done by a sophisticated hacker who was looking for a proof of concept because there was no destructive payload attached.
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