Update Aug 5 at 3pm: Reports of Linux hacking..
This weekend saw some interesting activity, however. Microsoft.com was down on Friday 1st August, but repaired again. A spokesperson for Microsoft said:
“This attack does not have any association with any known vulnerability in Microsoft software. Microsoft has contacted the appropriate authorities, is cooperating in the investigation of the cause of this attack, and will take appropriate action. We regret any inconvenience this has caused to visitors to the Microsoft.com Web site.”
It’s an important distinction to note; the news has been full of critical microsoft Windows flaws that could allow a malicious hacker to take control of a user’s computer. But this attack didn’t exploit those flaws; it was a simple ‘nuclear’ attack by lots of hostile machines all attempting to access the site at once, locking out genuine attempts to request pages.