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Internet Suffers Another Tremor

A temporary resurgence of Saturday morning's "Slammer" worm attack appeared to flare up for a few hours last night and then die down again, according to real-time monitoring of the Internet by Matrix Netsystems Inc..

The first signs of trouble started at about 4 p.m. Eastern Standard Time and peaked at about 10 p.m. At about 9 p.m., Tom Ohlsson, VP of business development and marketing at Matrix, sent an email to Light Reading saying that the following graph was "showing a signature of another looming attack. The sharp increase in Web packet loss indicates that a flood of traffic is occuring."

However, the problems appeared to subside fairly soon afterwards.

A false alarm? There's been some speculation on the North American Network Operators' Group (NANOG) message board that a second outbreak of the Slammer worm could occur when workers return to their offices today and turn on infected or unprotected computers. Last night's tremors roughly coincided with the beginning of the working day in the Asia/Pacific.

— Peter Heywood, Founding Editor, Light Reading
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