Windows PCs become tools for DoS attacks
SAN FRANCISCO (IDG) -- Computer hackers may quietly be infecting thousands of Windows PCs in preparation for another wave of DoS (denial of service) attacks of the type that brought high-profile Web sites like Yahoo and eBay to their knees two weeks ago, security experts warned Thursday.
James Madison University discovered last week that 16 Windows PCs on its student network had been infected with what looked like a variant of "Trinoo," one of a handful of viruses that hackers have been using to launch DoS attacks. The university has sent a sample of the virus, which it has dubbed "Wintrinoo," to the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for analysis, the university said on its Web site Thursday.
Meanwhile, a university in Florida and a large corporation in Washington, D.C., this week also discovered Windows PCs that had been infected by a version of Trinoo, Stephen Northcutt, director of the Global Incident Analysis Center at the System Administration, Networking, and Security (SANS) Institute, said in a phone interview.