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News.com: TCP/IP "hole" leads to alert

Dec 28, 1998, 00:00 (2 Talkback[s])

This story is a follow-up on CERT Advisory CA-98.13 - TCP/IP Denial of Service, December 21, 1998.

"Denial-of-service attacks...are just aimed at preventing someone from using their own computers," said AT&T Labs Research fellow Steven Bellovin. "In this case, an enemy can send some packets that will crash certain operating systems."

Ironically, he added, "There is rarely any direct benefit to the attacker. It's usually the electronic equivalent of kids who walk down the street snapping off car antennas."

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