A recent example is a vulnerability in Microsoft Internet Explorer where a hacker was able to exploit a flaw in the Windows 7 browser to download arbitrary files to a user’s computer. The attack code used a vulnerability in Windows Vista to automatically inject the malicious code onto the user’s computer when they ran the file. What’s more, the flaw was found in Microsoft’s website server which, by default, serves up files to other computers on the network.
This is one of those “what-ifs,” the fact that I’m a sysadmin and I have no idea if this is possible. However, I can tell you that there is no way it could’ve been possible because the only way this could’ve happened is if you ran a webserver which was using a vulnerability in its own code.
So the answer is YES. The flaw was found in Microsoft’s website server. This is the kind of thing that can’t be fixed but that can be patched.
The good news is it was patched right away, though I wouldn’t recommend installing it at work, lol. The bad news is it’s probably not good for your computer.
Personally, I dont think that’s the case. This is a good thing though. In a sense, the internet servers are just like any other internet service. They are not vulnerable to a DDoS attack, but they are vulnerable to a DDoS attack and, yes, they are vulnerable to a DDoS attack.
To say the least, I hope this isn’t a case of a dumbass internet service. The internet has become a very crowded space, and a DDoS attack is just one of the many ways we have to get a little bit of attention. Also keep in mind that all of these internet service providers are not subject to the same laws as you and I (well, except for ISPs, like Netflix) which means we all have a responsibility to help slow these attacks down.
There’s a good chance that if your internet service provider is involved in this attack they will try to get a court order to stop it. But even if they don’t, your internet provider will likely be a target of the attack as well.
In an effort to be even more transparent about what’s happening on the internet, we’ve put together a post titled “Publicly Internet Servers Are Posing Ddos”.
Basically you can find out that a few ISPs are going to be ddos’ing some time between now and next week. Because of the way the internet works, if you are on their service you will be able to view their traffic just like anyone else. But they will be ddos’ing traffic faster than normal.
If you are currently on one of these ISPs, you should be able to see the traffic, just like you would have in the past. But just to be clear, this is because the ISPs want to be transparent about what is really going on on the internet. They are doing this to be able to better manage their networks so they can prevent problems from occurring. This is because the internet is a HUGE network so the ISPs want to be able to more easily manage their networks.