Discovery of Internet Flaw

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Post by bob » 04/20/04, 2:07 pm

Discovery of Internet Flaw Prompts Security Push
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Published: April 20, 2004


Filed at 6:38 p.m. ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Researchers uncovered a serious flaw in the underlying technology for nearly all Internet traffic, a discovery that led to an urgent and secretive international effort to prevent global disruptions of Web surfing, e-mails and instant messages.

The British government announced the vulnerability in core Internet technology on Tuesday. Left unaddressed, experts said, it could allow hackers to knock computers offline and broadly disrupt vital traffic-directing devices, called routers, that coordinate the flow of data among distant groups of computers.


``Exploitation of this vulnerability could have affected the glue that holds the Internet together,'' said Roger Cumming, director for England's National Infrastructure Security Coordination Centre.

The Homeland Security Department issued its own cyberalert hours later that attacks ``could affect a large segment of the Internet community.'' It said normal Internet operations probably would resume after such attacks stopped. Experts said there were no reports of attacks using this technique......

..........The public announcement coincides with a presentation Watson expects to make Thursday at an Internet security conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, where Watson said he would disclose full details of his research.

Watson predicted that hackers would understand how to begin launching attacks ``within five minutes of walking out of that meeting.''


http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/technol ... r=USERLAND


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