wrt BofA ATM: is it ATM 'automated' or ATM 'async' ?

good question. anyone know the answer?


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This makes it pretty clear


Bank of America ATMs Disrupted by Virus
Saturday January 25, 5:33 pm ET

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Bank of America Corp. (NYSE:BAC - News) said on Saturday that customers at a majority of its 13,000 automatic teller machines were unable to process customer transactions after a malicious computer worm nearly froze Internet traffic worldwide.

Bank of America spokeswoman Lisa Gagnon said by phone from the company's headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, that many, if not a majority of the No. 3 U.S. bank's ATMs were back online and that their automated banking network would recover by late Saturday.


"We have been impacted, and for a while customers could not use ATMs and customer services could not access customer information," Gagnon said.


good question. anyone know the answer?


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Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2003 02:29:17 -0500
Subject: [IP] is it ATM or ATM Internet Attack's Disruptions
  More Serious Than Many Thought Possible
From: Dave Farber <dave@farber.net>
To: ip <ip@v2.listbox.com>

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From: David Devereaux-Weber <dave@cable.doit.wisc.edu>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 23:52:19 -0600
To: dave@farber.net
Subject: Re: [IP] Internet Attack's Disruptions More Serious Than Many
Thought Possible

One interesting aspect of the reporting for this event is related to the
acronym ATM. The University of Wisconsin-Madison uses Asynchronous
Transfer Mode (ATM) for backbone transport. We further use LAN Emulation
(LANE) on the Asynchronous Transfer Mode backbone (LANE maps IP addresses
to ATM Virtual Circuits and back to IP at the far end). The LANE BUS
(Broadcast and Unknown Server) on the network was swamped due to the high
volume of SQLSlammer hits on broadcast and unknown addresses, effectively
denying legitimate traffic. This BUS saturation did not happen with the
Code Red worm several months back. We spent several hours thinking our ATM
problems were distinct from the SQLSlammer problems.

My question is, has anyone seen source information about the Bank of
America and Automated Teller Machines? Is it possible that Bank of America
was reporting Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) problems and not Automated
Teller Machine (ATM) problems?


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David Devereaux-Weber, P.E.
Network Services
Division of Information Technology
The University of Wisconsin - Madison
dave@cable.doit.wisc.edu http://cable.doit.wisc.edu

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