Something fishy at NetSol again...

Steven J. Sobol sjsobol at
Wed Dec 30 11:02:48 UTC 1998

On Tue, Dec 29, 1998 at 10:38:59PM -0700, Rodney Joffe wrote:
> I hate co-incidences.

I don't think it's coincidental. Well, maybe it was... Using the default
server that ships with Red Hat Linux's whois, I got that message too. Using, one of the other names in the "hunt group", worked, though.
> At the same time as this story appeared today
> whois queries started returning:
> *
> * WELCOME to InterNIC Registration Services 
> *
> * Sorry, the system load is temporarily too heavy.
> *
> * Please wait a while and try again.  Thanks
> *
> It's currently 12:34am EST. and the response is still mostly the same.
> A query still needs 5-10 attempts before a server responds.
> Dig used to (a couple of weeks ago) show a bunch of servers. Now there
> is only 1:
> Is anyone else having this problem?
> Does anyone else have a solution?
> We're trying to track down the source of a dos attack, and this kind of
> screwing around to find contact data isn't helpful...

The computers are rs[0-8] is supposed to
work too, but I always forget to use it :) and it's not the compiled-in
default in my particular copy of whois.

Recompile whois and set the default host to and you
may have better luck.

Steve Sobol [sjsobol at]
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