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NOTE: Since the article links on this page are over a decade old, they might not be valid any more.

Denial of Service Attacks

It's not perfect, but there is an article on Denial of Service attacks on pages 203 and 204 of the April 21, 1998 issue of PC Magazine.

Internet Explorer

March 30, 2001 A flaw in the Microsoft Internet Explorer web browser allows the browser to open e-mail attachments automatically. This means that users of MSIE 5.01 and 5.5 could be vulnerable to viruses and trojan horses in the attachments.

For more information see the ZDNet article, IE security hole launches e-mail attachments.

Microsoft

Jan. 27, 2001 Since January 21 it has been difficult to access Microsoft web sites. The problem has now been resolved. The problem was first due to a router configuration error by a Microsoft employee, but a denial of service attack was later launched against Microsoft's routers by unknown persons.

For more information:

Microsoft: Microsoft Explains Site Access Issues
ZDNet: Web attackers knock out access to Microsoft sites
CNET News.com: New attacks block access to Microsoft sites
CNET News.com: Microsoft sites restored after outage (roundup)
CNET News.com: Attack knocks out Microsoft Web sites
CNET News.com: Microsoft blames technicians for massive outage

Spam

Dec. 12, 1999 The following legislation failed to become law: HR 1748, HR 2368, HR 3888, HR 4124, HR 4176, S 771, S 875, and S 1618.

The following legislation is currently being considered by Congress: HR 612, HR 1910, HR 2162, HR 3113, S 699, and S 759.

No legislation has yet to become law. For further information about legislation attempting to ban or legalize spam (unsolicited e-mail), see the CAUCE web site.

August 9, 1998 Recently there has been some unsolicited commercial e-mail (commonly referred to as spam) being sent to people that include a disclaimer stating that the spam is sent in compliance with the Consumer Antislamming Act.

However, the Consumer Antislamming Act is not yet law! Although S 1618 was passed by the Senate, the House equivalent, HR 3888, has not yet been passed by the House of Representatives. Even if passed by the House, the Act is not expected to be signed by the President until October at the earliest. In addition, the Netizens Protection Act of 1997 (HR 1748) presently being considered by the House of Representatives would amend the Communications Act of 1934 to ban spam. For more information: