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 Friday, 10 July 2009
South Korea and U.S. websites hit by DDoS attacks
South Korean and the United States websites have been targets of sustained distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) since the 4th of July, government websites as well as financial and commercial websites have been targeted with most of the targets withstanding the DDoS attacks.

At least 35 websites have been targeted by the DDoS attacks which aim to make websites unreachable by flooding them with more web traffic than they can handle, effectively taking them offline. The web traffic originates from the computers of ordinary people infected with malware, usually from visiting a compromised website, after which the attackers can command the computers to carry out the DDoS attacks.

These attacks on the US and South Korea appear to be carried out by "a few tens of thousands" compromised computers, the impact of which so far has been considerably muted, it does however demonstrate weaknesses that could be exploited to much more devastating effect.