Stopping Internet 'zombies' in their tracks
Source: Boston Globe - Posted by Nick DeClario   
Intrusion Detection A couple of Boston-area companies think they've found a way to control a common and devastating form of computer vandalism. Now the two firms are racing to get their sophisticated hardware and software into hundreds of key Internet chokepoints.. . . A couple of Boston-area companies think they've found a way to control a common and devastating form of computer vandalism. Now the two firms are racing to get their sophisticated hardware and software into hundreds of key Internet chokepoints.

Arbor Networks Inc. of Waltham and Mazu Networks Inc. of Cambridge have built hardware and software they consider to be the ultimate weapons against the ''distributed denial of service'' attacks that have shut down some of the Internet's biggest sites, including Microsoft Corp. and the eBay auction site.

A distributed denial of service attack is the equivalent of constantly ringing a telephone so that legitimate calls can't get through. But in this case, the vandals use ''zombie'' programs they've hidden on dozens of computers across the Internet.

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