E-commerce attack imminent; Sudden increase in port scanning for SSL
doesn't look good.

... aka not necessarily an attack on SSL itself ... but identifying
end-points with open SSL ports as attack targets i.e. end-points with
open SSL ports are likely to be somewhat higher value targets than
machines w/o SSL ports .... since the operators possibly feel they have
something to protect.

I can't see any reasonable way to derive your conclusion from the cited article.

   "The surge began on 15 July, the day before the public disclosure
    of a critical flaw in a server module called mod_ssl.

   "The last time Netcraft observed similar activity was in April,
    shortly before a wave of attacks on SSL servers that included the
    compromise of some major e-commerce sites. Attackers used a flaw
    in Microsoft's implementation of SSL to install malicious code..."

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