Park Ridge, Ill. The SCO Group's computers were hit by a denial-of-service attack last week, the second in recent months. The attack, which shut down the company's Web site from Friday, Aug. 22, through Monday, Aug. 25, ended after the president of the Open Source Initiative, Eric S. Raymond, publicly called on the attacker to stop. SCO (Lindon, Utah) has been the target harassment for months, presumably from groups or individuals opposed to its legal attacks on Unix and Linux providers.
In an open letter published on the Linux Today Web site (linuxtoday.com), Raymond described the attack as a "sophisticated one organized by an experienced Internet engineer." The attack, he said, took out "a subset of sites on the subnet that hosts SCO."
Raymond added that he did not know the attacker, but was phoned by an associate of the individual.
A SCO spokesman said the company has called in the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The spokesman said SCO was struck by a similar attack in early May.
In his open letter, Raymond described the attack as wrong and "dangerous to our goals," but he also called SCO executives "thieves and liars" and contended that SCO's actions are being funded by Microsoft Corp., which he said was "funding a lawsuit against its only serious competition" the Linux operating system. Microsoft executives contacted last week refused to comment on the charge, saying the company does not respond to rumors.