The MyDoom computer virus knocked out SCO Group's Web site on Sunday, and the company expects the massive denial-of-service attack to continue until Feb. 12.
On Monday, SCO began directing customers, developers and others to a new Web site, www.thescogroup.com, which it says will be in effect over the next two weeks.
SCO said an onslaught of data had made its usual Web site, www.sco.com, "completely unavailable." The attack began Saturday night and by Sunday morning the software company's site was completely flooded with requests, Utah-based SCO said.
"This large-scale attack, caused by the MyDoom computer virus that is estimated to have infected hundreds of thousands of computers around the world, is now overwhelming the Internet to requests www.sco.com," Jeff Carlon, SCO's director of information technology, said in a statement Sunday.
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SCO had posted the statement on its Web site. But at 7 a.m. PST Sunday, the site could not be accessed. SCO spokesman Blake Stowell read the company's statement from his home in Utah.
"We expect hundreds of thousands of attacks on www.sco.com because of these viruses," Carlon said in a statement Monday. "Starting on Feb. 1 and running through Feb. 12, SCO has developed layers of contingency plans to communicate with our valued customers, resellers, developers, partners and shareholders."
While infected PCs were supposed to start inundating the main SCO Web
site with data starting at 4:09 p.m. GMT (8:09 a.m. PST), the site had
been nearly inaccessible for a 16-hour period prior to the scheduled start of
the attack, according to
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