DOD seeks software solution against denial-of-service attacks
Posted Jul 17 2009 11:08pm
In addition to the Department of Defense, the Treasury Department, Secret Service, Federal Trade Commission and Transportation Department Web sites were also under attack last week and were down at certain points. It was just back in December that DOD has a virus throughout the system which appeared to have landed there due to using a USB flash drive.
Denial of Service attacks occur when the server is flooded with requests and basically jams the system so nobody can get through to the site and now a software reporting solution is being sought for administrators to be alerted as to when an attack occurs. BD
The Defense Information Systems Agency wants commercial products that could help network administrators detect and react to distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks, according to a request for information posted today.
“The goal of this solution is to detect and mitigate all DDOS attempts to disrupt [Defense Department] network communications and to detect internal assets displaying anomalous behavior across the Internet-to-NIPRnet boundary,” the notice states.
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal last week, DOD officials confirmed that their networks had been struck. But the officials said the intrusions were detected quickly and did no real damage. Other U.S. government Web sites reportedly didn’t fare as well.