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National Infrastructure Protection Center Warnings - 2001 Predictions
Initial reports indicate that a software package has been identified which, if used maliciously, may disable a victim's computer or network's IDS by flooding it with Internet traffic emanating from several random Internet Protocol (IP) addresses simultaneously. The attack attempts to flood a targeted network or computer with too many "false positives" for IDSs to handle, thereby potentially causing the IDS to become inoperative. Once this is accomplished, a hacker might try to take advantage of the failed IDS to locate and exploit an unrelated vulnerability on the victim's system, perhaps with the goal of seeking root access.
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