Rockies Fans Are Malicious Hackers?

Just what exactly did those IT pros at Paciolan tell the baseball team?

"Our Web site, and ultimately, our fans and our organization, were the victim of an external malicious attack on our Web site that shut down the system and kept our fans from being able to purchase their World Series tickets," Rockies spokesperson Jay Alves said.

Even fans with no IT background doubt that claim. And one fan who has been a victim of Denial of Service (DoS) attacks says flat out, "They're lying." Drew Curtis, the owner of Fark.com, told The Denver Channel. Com: "If they notified their upstream provider that they were under attack, the upstream provider could have shut that off no time flat."

Curtis attributed the heavy traffic to ticket brokers, the Denver Channel.com said. "Scalping is big money, big enough for scammers to develop utilities to open thousands of simultaneous connections attempting to buy tickets. I suspect that was at least part of the problem."

Ticket vendor Paciolan Systems owns the evenue.net site (and the vending software) where tickets to the World Series games were supposed to be sold. The evenue site experienced a nation-wide outage sparked by online traffic for Rockies tickets Monday.

Streets were closed around Coors Field in Denver Monday night and crowds of fans gathered outside the ball field carrying cell phones and laptops, waiting for the Rockies to announce how and when they'd try again to sell tickets to the World Series. In a news conference that was hours later than originally planned, the Rockies finally announced they'd try again to sell tickets online Tuesday at noon.

What will be their excuse when everything shuts down again? DoS, anyone?

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