SCO has removed its homepage, www.sco.com, from DNS to eliminate the associated traffic generated by the attack. DNS servers correlate domain names with the underlying numeric IP address of Web sites. Users who try to access www.sco.com now are immediately denied access at their local DNS servers; SCO is using www.thescogroup.com instead. The Lindon, Utah-based firm has been under fire for its $3 billion suit against IBM; SCO is alleging that Big Blue donated Unix code to the Linux kernel.
The company plans to use the alternate site until Feb. 12, when the worm is coded to shut itself off, or whenever the attacks stop ‘because many computers may not have their [time] correct,’ said Blake Stowell, SCO’s director of public relations. ‘This is a temporary measure.’ “