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SunWorld: DoS attacks: A problem of the information age -- Q&A with security guru Dave Dittrich

Mar 05, 2000, 03:35 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J.S. Kelly)

"Dave Dittrich, a software engineer at the University of Washington, wrote early analyses of several DDoS tools. SunWorld interviewed him about the recent attacks on top Internet commerce sites and what they might mean for computer security."

"Much of the online world was caught off guard last month by the massive denial-of-service (DoS) attacks against such major Websites as eBay, E*Trade, Yahoo!, and CNN, but Dave Dittrich wasn't. Dittrich had made the acquaintance of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) tools trinoo (aka trin00), Tribe Flood Network, and stacheldraht when some of the machines under his charge at the University of Washington were used in a DDoS attack against the University of Michigan."

"That attack inspired Dittrich to write analyses of several of the DDoS tools so that security experts could better understand the threat. With Marcus Ranum, the head of Network Flight Recorder, Dittrich also coauthored a network-scanning utility named gag, which can help administrators detect the installation of DDoS tools on their systems."

"SunWorld writer J.S. Kelly spoke with Dittrich about the recent attacks. During the course of their conversation, Dittrich discussed what could be done to prevent future episodes, whether the computer security community should join forces with the government to combat the possibility of large-scale attacks, and what the future holds for computer security stocks and computer damage insurance."

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