Issue No.05 - September/October (2009 vol.11)
Simon Liu , US National Library of Medicine
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MITP.2009.109
A series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks were launched against computer systems and services in the US and South Korea beginning July 4th. A DDoS attack is an attempt to make a computer service unavailable to its intended users. The mechanism for such attacks includes a network of a large number of compromised computers; the attack itself is carried out in several phases: discover vulnerable hosts, establish a botnet, launch an attack, and flood a target. There's no silver bullet for fending off a DDoS attack. A practical defense includes prevention, detection, and mitigation strategies.
Security, denial of service (DoS), distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), bot, botnet, IT professional
Simon Liu, "Surviving Distributed Denial-of-Service Attacks", IT Professional, vol.11, no. 5, pp. 51-53, September/October 2009, doi:10.1109/MITP.2009.109