SCO hit again by DoS attack

The SCO Group's website has been knocked out of service by a denial-of-service (DoS) attack.

The SCO Group's website has been knocked out of service by a denial-of-service (DoS) attack.

The attack began at 11:20am GMT yesterday, shutting down the company's main website, according to company spokesman Blake Stowell. SCO is working on restoring service to the company's website.

The attack was caused by a distributed "syn attack" involving thousands of servers, which overloaded SCO's website.

In addition to the and websites, the company's e-mail, intranet and customer support operations were also affected.

SCO has raised the ire of the open-source community by claiming that the Linux operating system contains software that violates SCO's intellectual property.

The company has warned Linux users not to run the operating system without first purchasing a licence from SCO, and is on the verge of suing a major Linux user.

The company's website was hit by a DoS attack in May, two months after it launched a lawsuit against IBM for allegedly misappropriating SCO's Unix source code and contributing it to Linux. A second DoS attack occurred in August, when SCO's site was disabled for a number of days.

The August attack was perpetrated by a "senior" member of the open-source community, according to open-source advocate Eric Raymond.

"The open-source community has condemned crack attacks on SCO in the past, and I don't believe any of our people are involved in this alleged attack," he said. "No point to it; SCO's case is sinking fast."

SCO does not know the identity of the attacker or why the attack was launched.

Robert McMillan writes for IDG News Service

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