How to stop a service denial attack before it stops you

    Date04 Jul 2001
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    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    It's not easy to defend a federal Web server against distributed service denial attacks, but it?s not impossible either. For years now, the government has been under the gun in an undeclared cyberwar with hackers around the globe. The simplest and . . . It's not easy to defend a federal Web server against distributed service denial attacks, but it?s not impossible either. For years now, the government has been under the gun in an undeclared cyberwar with hackers around the globe. The simplest and so far the most common attack is denial of service, which keeps a server so busy with fake data traffic that it can't do its real job.

    A distributed denial-of-service attack pits multiple computers across the Internet against a single target server. Most serious attacks today orchestrate the use of hundreds of machines and take the target server out of commission for the duration of the attack.

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