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Thwarting the Zombies

Eighteen thousand computers tied together in less than 24 hours; a virtual army of machines, standing ready to do the will of their new master. Think of the possibilities that kind of processing power holds: cracking immense encryption keys or helping to sequence the human genome or even aiding the search for transmissions from extraterrestrials. But the controller of these zombie machines has a different purpose in mind: a massive, DDoS (distributed-denial-of-service) attack or perhaps several smaller attacks launched against key peering points or backbone routers on the Internet. Downstream ISPs and their end users will be suddenly shut off as technicians and engineers struggle to filter the tidal wave of traffic choking the target machines. Traffic in several segments of the global network will slow to a crawl as the malicious packets keep on coming. It will be several hours before normal service is restored and experts can go about the business of assessing the damage and trying to find out what happened. Full Story

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