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Subject: Too funny for words: Linux protecting Microsoft Date: 8/28/2003 12:15 PM
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It's true. After several denial of service (DOS) attacks kept microsoft.com offline so customers couldn't download the patches to protect their computers, MS was forced to find a way to prevent that from happening again:

http://newsfactor.com/perl/story/22171.html

To protect its flagship Web site from viruses and denial-of-service attacks, Microsoft has asked for help from an unusual place: a network of Linux-based servers.

According to Internet security and services firm Netcraft, the software giant has changed the DNS of Microsoft.com so that requests are directed not to its own network but to the Akamai cache servers. Akamai is a network of 15,000 Linux-based servers in locations around the world.

"There's a nice bit of irony there," Yankee Group analyst Matthew Kovar told NewsFactor.


Mark.
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