July 13, 2009
[efoods]Consumers around the globe have been caught up in cyber attacks targeting U.S. and South Korean websites, some coming from unknowingly infected computers that have jammed sites for legitimate users.
They’re called denial-of-service attacks, and they began around July 4, slowing some websites in both countries to a crawl.
“A lot of the computers that are infected with this are probably from machines where the owners may not even be aware,” said Dennis Fisher of Kaspersky Lab Americas, an antivirus and Internet security company, Friday.
In the United States, websites belonging to the Department of Homeland Security and Defence Department and the Federal Trade Commission came under attack and were slowed.