DDoS on DNS – Stopping Blackouts

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DDOS on DNS: Stopping Internet blackouts

Writing in National Journal’s Technology Daily, Andrew Noyes discusses the possibility of a massive Internet blackout caused by a distributed denial of service (DDOS) attack on the backbone infrastructure of the ‘Net.

This type of high-tech ambush, which occurs when multiple compromised systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a targeted server to make Web pages unavailable, could be devastating for global online communication, said Susan Crawford of the Internet Corporation for Names and Numbers.

The most significant attack in recent years came on Feb. 6, when six of 13 root-zone servers were slammed by an army of “zombie computers,” which were compromised by hackers, the Cardozo Law School professor said at the think tank event.

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