Denial of service hits chat servers

Although no suspects have been identified, officials of the Undernet IRC network said they are cooperating with US federal law enforcement authorities in their criminal investigation.

In a statement released last week, Undernet administrators said the relentless DoS launch of bogus packets of data has led some service providers to terminate their agreements to host IRC servers on the Undernet network. In many cases, providers are still being immobilised after disconnecting servers.

"At this point, the future of the Undernet and IRC remains uncertain," according to the Undernet statement. "Providers are currently paying for the resources to provide a free IRC environment, but they cannot continue to do so if they suffer substantial losses of business revenue."

Also feeling the impact of the siege, the X and W service bots, which allow users to authenticate and complete channel registration without administrator assistance, continue to be down with no projected date for their return.

All Undernet IRC servers are privately owned and operated, often hosting IRC in return for the right to display the server company's text banners on the IRC network, said Jason Buchanan, senior Unix engineer at Navisite and administrator of two Undernet servers.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Brian Fonseca

PC World
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles


PCW Evaluation Team

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?