[ISN] Slammer Worm: A Blow to Remote Storage?

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Date: Thu Jan 30 2003 - 22:40:47 PST

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    By David Morgenstern
    January 30, 2003 
    Stories of the SQL Slammer worm have disappeared from the front pages
    of news sites, just a couple of days after its attack. "Out of sight,
    out of mind," some may conclude with a sigh of relief. Still, folks in
    the remote-storage business should be concerned about market fallout
    from the Slammer worm.
    As ably described by eWEEK, the weekend attack brought parts of the
    Internet to virtual gridlock as the worm generated billions of bogus
    packets. A wide sweep of Internet services was disturbed for millions
    of users. (Or could it have been billions? After all, SQL Slammer
    stopped Internet connections and telecommunications for an entire
    country.) Several large ISPs were unreachable, and almost half the
    Internet's root DNS servers were either completely disabled, or their
    latency was so severe that they were effectively down.
    For analysts, the pattern of the attack, its containment and the quick
    rate of recovery all point to the resiliency of the Internet. From a
    technologist's viewpoint, the news was good: Despite the increase in
    load and stoppages here and there, the Internet bent but didn't break.
    For consumers, however, this attack added yet more stress to their
    wavering confidence in Internet-distributed content (that is, content
    other than the "shared" music files that drive the RIAA wild). After
    all, SQL Slammer is just the latest attack in a series—albeit one of
    the worst yet.
    We can only hope that consumer attitudes won't follow the three-strike
    The industry's first strike was the collapse of the Internet bubble.  
    During its heyday, many consumers uploaded personal photos and even
    digital video files to remote-hosting services.
    The Internet made it easy to share the family pictures with relatives
    and friends, right? After the shakeup, a number of these companies
    went under, and their customers lost their files. This loss lead
    consumers to question the long-term viability of storage services.
    Strike Two is this week's SQL Slammer attack, or perhaps some future
    worm incident. The increasing severity of worm attacks on Internet
    traffic (now involving telecommunications and banking services)  
    weakens consumer confidence in the Internet itself. Consumers worry
    that their access to Internet services could be compromised; the
    perceived threat ranges from vital services such as e-mail to personal
    items stored in remote servers.
    Strike Three? I won't hazard a guess. Storage vendors can only hope
    that consumer confidence in the Internet will continue to bend but not
    David Morgenstern is a longtime reporter of the storage industry as
    well as a veteran of the dotcom boom in the storage-rich fields of
    professional content creation and digital video.
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