IPTV Firm Denies U.K. Link to Cyber Attacks

      July 16, 2009 10:44

      The master server used to launch cyber attacks on leading websites in Korea and the U.S. last week has been traced to a TV contents provider based in Miami, Florida, not to the U.K. as previously reported. A master server is a high-capacity computer that can serve as the command center when hackers launch cyber attacks.

      U.K. Internet TV company Global Digital Broadcasting in a statement Tuesday said, "The master server is located in a partner company in Miami, Florida, which shares contents with us through a connected system." In other words, the IP address used to orchestrate the attacks was that of GDP in Britain, as a Vietnamese computer security company claimed, but the actual server computer was in the data center of Miami-based Digital Latin America.

      GDB claims its IP address has been fingered only because the master server at DLA is connected to the British company's computer network. News reports said the British and U.S. governments have joined hands to investigate the cyber attacks.

      Meanwhile, the virus used in the attacks is believed to be a version of the Mydoom virus that was first detected in January 2004. One U.S. computer security expert said, "From a technical standpoint, a variant of the Mydoom virus is not that complicated so it should be easy to find traces of the hacker."

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