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In computinga denial-of-service attack DoS attack is a cyber-attack in which the perpetrator seeks to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users by temporarily or indefinitely disrupting services of a host connected to the Internet.

Denial of service is typically accomplished by flooding the targeted machine or resource with superfluous requests in an attempt to overload systems and prevent some or all legitimate requests from being fulfilled.

In a distributed denial-of-service attack DDoS attackthe incoming traffic flooding the victim originates from many different sources. This effectively makes it impossible to stop the attack simply by blocking a single source. A DoS or DDoS attack is analogous to a group of people crowding the entry door of a shop, making it hard for legitimate customers to enter, disrupting trade. Criminal perpetrators of DoS attacks often target sites or services hosted on high-profile web servers such as banks or credit card payment gateways.

Revengeblackmail [2] [3] [4] and activism [5] can motivate these attacks.

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Court testimony shows that the first demonstration of DoS attack was made by Khan C. The release of sample code during the event led to the online attack of SprintEarthLinkE-Tradeand other major corporations in the year to follow. On March 5,an napari customer of the US-based service provider Arbor Dso fell victim to the largest DDoS in history, reaching a peak of about 1.

Denial-of-service attacks are characterized by an explicit attempt by attackers to prevent legitimate use of a service. Napaddi are two general forms of DoS attacks: The most serious attacks are distributed.

A distributed denial-of-service DDoS is a large-scale DoS attack where the perpetrator uses more than one unique IP addressoften thousands of them.

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It also makes it difficult to distinguish legitimate user traffic from attack traffic when spread across multiple points of origin. As an alternative or augmentation of a DDoS, attacks may involve forging of IP sender addresses IP address spoofing further complicating identifying and defeating the attack. The scale of DDoS attacks has continued to rise over recent years, by exceeding a terabit per second.

This application-layer attack is different from an entire network attack, and is often used against financial institutions to distract IT and security personnel from security breaches. Ali further notes that although network-level attacks are becoming less frequent, data from Cloudflare demonstrates that application-layer attacks are still showing no sign of slowing down. The model groups similar communication functions into one of seven logical layers.

A layer serves the layer above it and is served by the layer below it. For example, a layer that provides error-free communications across a network provides the communications path needed by applications above it, while it calls the next lower layer to send and receive packets that traverse that path.

In the OSI model, the definition of its application layer is narrower in scope than is often implemented. The OSI model defines the application layer as being the user interface. The OSI application layer is responsible for displaying data and images to the user in a human-recognizable format and to interface with the presentation layer below it. In an implementation, the application and presentation layers are frequently combined.

An application layer DDoS attack is done mainly for specific targeted purposes, including disrupting transactions and access to databases. It requires fewer resources than network layer attacks but often accompanies them. The attack on the application layer can nxpadi services such as the retrieval of information or search functions on a website.

APDoS attacks represent a clear and emerging threat needing specialised monitoring and incident response services and the defensive capabilities of specialised DDoS mitigation service providers. These attacks can persist for several weeks. The longest continuous period noted so far lasted 38 days. Attackers in this scenario may tactically switch between several targets to create a diversion to evade defensive DDoS countermeasures but all the while eventually concentrating the main thrust of the attack onto a single victim.

In this scenario, attackers with continuous access to several very powerful network resources are capable of sustaining a prolonged campaign generating enormous levels of un-amplified DDoS traffic.

Some vendors provide so-called “booter” or “stresser” services, which have simple web-based front ends, and accept payment over the web. Marketed and promoted as stress-testing tools, they can be used to perform unauthorized denial-of-service attacks, and allow technically unsophisticated attackers access to sophisticated attack tools without the need for the attacker to understand their use.


If the attack is conducted on a sufficiently large scale, entire geographical regions of Internet connectivity can be compromised without the attacker’s knowledge or intent by incorrectly configured or flimsy network infrastructure equipment. In cases such as MyDoom and Slowloris the tools are embedded in malware, and launch their attacks without the knowledge of the system owner.

Stacheldraht is a classic example of a Dso tool. It uses a layered structure where the attacker uses a client program to connect to handlers, which are compromised systems that issue commands to the zombie agentswhich in turn facilitate the DDoS attack. Agents are compromised via the handlers by the attacker, using automated routines to exploit vulnerabilities in programs that accept remote connections running on the targeted remote hosts.

Each handler can control up to a thousand agents. In other cases a machine may become part of a DDoS attack with the owner’s consent, for example, in Operation Paybackorganized by the group Anonymous.

The LOIC has typically been used dks this way. There is an underground market napafi these in hacker related forums and IRC channels. Various DoS-causing exploits such as buffer overflow can cause server-running software to get confused and fill the disk space or consume all available memory or CPU time.

Other kinds of DoS rely primarily on brute force, flooding the target with an overwhelming flux of packets, oversaturating its connection bandwidth or depleting the target’s system resources.

Bandwidth-saturating floods rely on the attacker having higher bandwidth available than the napadk a common way of achieving this today is via distributed denial-of-service, employing a botnet. Another target of DDoS attacks may be to produce added costs for the application operator, when the latter uses resources based on cloud computing.

In this case normally application used resources are tied to a needed Quality of Service level e. Amazon CloudWatch [29] to raise more virtual resources npaadi the dls in order to meet the defined QoS levels for the increased requests. The main incentive behind such attacks may be to drive the application owner to raise the elasticity levels in order to handle the increased application traffic, in order to cause financial losses or force them to become less competitive.

Other floods may use specific packet types or connection requests to saturate finite resources by, for example, occupying the maximum number of open nappadi or filling the victim’s disk space with logs. A “banana attack” is another particular type na;adi DoS. It involves redirecting outgoing messages from the do back onto the client, preventing outside access, as well as flooding the client with sos sent packets.

A LAND attack is of this type. An attacker with shell-level access to a victim’s computer may slow it until it is unusable or crash it by using a fork bomb. This dls of attack, referred to as “degradation-of-service” rather than “denial-of-service”, can be more difficult to detect than regular zombie invasions and can disrupt and hamper connection to websites for prolonged periods of time, potentially causing more disruption than concentrated floods.

The goal of DoS L2 possibly DDoS attack is to cause a launching of a defense mechanism which blocks the network segment from which the attack originated. In case of distributed attack or IP header modification that depends on naoadi kind of security behavior it will fully block the attacked network from the Internet, but without system crash.

A distributed denial-of-service DDoS attack occurs when multiple systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a targeted system, usually one or more web servers. A botnet is a network of zombie computers programmed to receive commands without the owners’ knowledge. The major advantages to an attacker of using a distributed denial-of-service attack are that multiple machines can generate more attack traffic than one machine, multiple attack machines are harder to turn off than one attack machine, and that the behavior of each attack machine can be stealthier, making it harder to track and shut down.

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These attacker advantages cause challenges for defense mechanisms. For example, merely purchasing more incoming bandwidth than the current volume of the attack might not help, because the attacker might be able to simply add more attack machines.

This, after all, will end up completely crashing a website for periods of time. Its DoS mechanism was triggered on a specific date and time. This type of DDoS involved hardcoding the target IP address prior to release of the malware and no further interaction was necessary to launch the attack. A system may also be compromised with a trojanallowing the attacker to download a zombie agentor the trojan may contain one.


Attackers can also break into systems using automated tools that exploit flaws in programs that listen for connections from remote hosts. This scenario primarily concerns systems acting as servers on the web.

These attacks can use different types of internet packets such as: DDoS tools like Stacheldraht still use classic DoS attack methods centered on IP spoofing and amplification like smurf attacks and fraggle attacks these are also known as bandwidth consumption attacks. SYN floods also known as resource starvation attacks may also be used. Script kiddies use them to deny the availability of well known websites to legitimate users.

Simple attacks such as SYN floods may appear with a wide range of source IP addresses, giving the appearance of a well distributed DoS. These flood attacks do not require completion of the TCP three way handshake and attempt to exhaust the destination SYN queue or the server bandwidth. Because the source IP addresses can be trivially spoofed, an attack could come from a limited set of sources, or may even originate from a single host.

Stack enhancements such as syn cookies may be effective mitigation against SYN queue flooding, however complete bandwidth exhaustion may require involvement. If an attacker mounts an attack from a single host it would be classified as a DoS attack. In fact, any attack against availability would be classed as a denial-of-service attack. On the other hand, if an attacker uses many systems to simultaneously launch attacks against a remote host, this would be classified as a DDoS attack.

It has been reported that there are new attacks from internet of things which have been involved in denial of service attacks. The attackers tend to get into an extended extortion scheme once they recognize that the target is ready to pay. However, the attacker then proceeds to send the actual message body at an extremely slow rate e. Due to the entire message being correct and complete, the target server will attempt to obey the ‘Content-Length’ field in the header, and wait for the entire body of the message to be transmitted, which can take a very long time.

The attacker establishes hundreds or even thousands of such connections, until all resources for incoming connections on the server the victim are used up, hence making any further including legitimate connections impossible until all data has been sent. It is notable that unlike many other D DoS attacks, which try to subdue the server by overloading its network or CPU, a HTTP POST attack targets the logical resources of the victim, which means the victim would still have enough network bandwidth and processing power to operate.

HTTP POST attacks are difficult to differentiate from legitimate connections, and are therefore able to bypass some protection systems. OWASPan open source web application security project, has released a testing tool to test the security of servers against this type of attacks.

A smurf attack relies on misconfigured network devices that allow packets to be sent to all computer hosts on a particular network via the broadcast address of the network, rather than a specific machine. The attacker will send large numbers of IP packets with the source address faked to appear to be the address of the victim. Most devices on a network will, by default, respond to this by sending a reply to the source IP address.

If the number of machines on the network that receive and respond to these packets is very large, the victim’s computer will be flooded with traffic. This overloads the victim computer and can even make it unusable during such attack. Ping flood is based on sending the victim an overwhelming number of ping packets, usually using the “ping” command from Unix-like hosts the -t flag on Windows systems is much less capable of overwhelming a target, also the -l size flag does not allow sent packet size greater than in Windows.

It is very simple to launch, the primary requirement being access to greater bandwidth than the victim. Ping of death is based on sending the victim a malformed ping packet, which will lead to a system crash on a vulnerable system.

A Nuke is an old denial-of-service attack against computer networks consisting of fragmented or otherwise invalid ICMP packets sent to the target, achieved by using a modified ping utility to repeatedly send this corrupt data, thus slowing down the affected computer until it comes to a complete stop.

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