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Sun Trial App Attacked

You try to do some thing fun on the Web, and this is what you get.

As part of the rollout of its "public" utility computing, where people can buy grid computing at $1 per CPU hour without any long-term commitment, Sun Microsystems posted a text-to-speech translation service. Hoping to give the public a taste of the service, Sun made the app accessible to anyone at its Network.com site. But it was hit with a denial-of-service attack that forced the company to quickly remove the application and place it behind a Web portal, so only registered users can access it.

"These kinds of attacks are really a pretty regular occurrence for any Internet company," says Aisling MacRunnels, Sun's senior director of utility computing. She expected to have the application back on the public splash page in a matter of days. No one using the on-demand computing service was affected, she says.

Sun is making a lot of noise about the service, where people can pay for grid computing via a credit card or PayPal account. Sun president Jonathan Schwartz was so excited he described his blog entry on it as "one of those blogs you wait a career to write."

Wouldn't you know someone couldn't resist ruining the party.

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