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To Whom It May Concern

LinuxWorld Magazine joins with responsible leaders of the Open Source community in calling for a halt to any DDoS attacks vs SCO

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Distributed Denial of Service Attacks against SCO, or anyone for that matter, are a clearly unacceptable activity. While many in the Open Source community are not pleased with SCO's lawsuit against IBM, or their proposed legal challenges aimed at Linux users, these DDoS attacks do not promote the Open Source cause, and are not consistent with Open Source values. The Open Source community is based on the notion that principals of free speech should be applied to software development. DDoS attacks clearly deny the victim the ability to communicate freely on the internet. The fact that someone, or some group disagrees with the policies and/or practices of another person or group does not justify this type of attack. We strongly urge whoever is responsible to stop the attack immediately.

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Jim 12/11/03 05:17:17 PM EST

It is clear the Linux World editors are taking a responsible position in condemning any denial of service attacks.

Dan Bent 12/11/03 12:40:05 PM EST

I can see where Sebastian, and other readers might infer more from our statement than what we intended. Our goal in making any statement at all was to advocte fair play as IngTSx comments. Regrettably, we expressed our opinion about the ethics of DDoS attacks, before we evaluated the possibility of inaccurate statements from SCO. In retrospect, this seems like a blatantly obvious oversight. We apologize for this oversight, and urge our readers to read the articles we, and others, have published which clearly outline solid reasons to be very skeptical of SCO's claims.

Nick B 12/11/03 08:59:39 AM EST

Do you have any evidence that there was an attack? If so, please provide it. (I hope I don't need to remind you that "SCO said so" doesn't count as evidence, these days).

IngTSx 12/11/03 06:04:36 AM EST

It's nice to see the LinuxWorld editors advocating fair play and not using vigilante justice

Sebastian Potter 12/11/03 03:30:45 AM EST

I have to admit that I am utterly dismayed by your characterisation of your own readership as the sort of people that would engage in the nefarious practice of attacking the servers of SCO. I am even more puzzled that you would give SCO's public claims any credence at all.

Given your positions as supposed experts on all things Linux (your own self-proclaimed expertise being implicit in your publication's title), it is astonishing that you would take SCO's claim at face value, apparently without even the most cursory of investigation.

As a security professional myself, and having actually taken some time to weigh the evidence of SCO's claims, I can find absolutely evidence that supports their claims. There is a rather excellent summary of the situation available on the Groklaw web site, here:

Your blatant juxtaposition of the justifiably aggrieved members of the open source community, and the kind of people that might undertake a denial of service attack in your "urgent appeal" leave the reader with the very misleading impression that the open source community is responsible. Your publication's position within this community only serves to provide an apprent admission of guilt (or at least, knowledge of such).

Surely you can appreciate, that with Linux coming under attack from SCO, that your apparent subservience to SCO's press department is only providing further ammunition? Regardless of the complete lack of merit that these accusations hold, the Open Source community still has to expend time and effort to prove the facts of the situation.

I would be extremely interested to hear from you as to your position on this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Sebastian Potter.