The internet is falling down, warns Symantec

Software supplier Symantec accidentally warned customers of an internet meltdown last week.

Software supplier Symantec accidentally warned customers of an internet meltdown last week.

A false warning issued from Symantec's DeepSight warned that a devastating attack was under way. The message, which went out at 8.40pm Eastern time, stated "DeepSight Increased ThreatCon from 1 to 4 Alert".

The mark is decided by Symantec based on the patterns of attacks, though in this case it was probably more down to the control room officer being "double-dared" to push the red button.

Symantec has never issued a genuine ThreatCon 4 alert and has only rarely gone to ThreatCon 3 when, no doubt, it felt users were not updating their anti-virus packages regularly enough.

Downtime wonders what would constitute a ThreatCon 4 type situation. Giant rodents gnawing on network cables? The internet becoming sentient and launching an attack on mankind like in "Terminator 3"?

If you can think of a more appropriate situation where the circumstances warrant a ThreatCon 4 rating, let us know.




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