Renowned private security expert Steve Gibson has been subject to two major denial of service attacks in the past fortnight.
The target is Steve's Web site www.grc.com, standing for Gibson Research Company. The site sells a range of security software designed by Steve himself, as well as a large amount of practical advice on security matters.
A notice on the front of the site reads: "Two major attacks in two weeks - We MUST be doing something right!" The two attacks took place on 4 May and 12 May and apparently came from the same machines. Steve is clearly not impressed "Internet Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) attacks represent a clear and present danger to our global Internet information infrastructure. To date, the press has covered the trouble, but those who could solve it overnight - Yes, that's entirely feasible - have abdicated their responsibility."
He then goes on to promise a new section for the site covering this very issue. We wait to see what he'll come up with.
The question is: who would want to launch a DDoS attack on grc.com? Well, Mr Gibson has picked up a few enemies in the past, mostly by pointing out huge holes or privacy abusing aspects to software that people hoped will make them their fortune. That and creating tools that make abuse of the Internet a far harder prospect.
His skills are in much demand, with even the boys in Washington knocking on his door occasionally. Among the software written by Steve is SpinRite, PatchWork, ShieldsUp and OptOut. ®