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CNET Expert warns of powerful new [DDoS] hacker tool

May 02, 2000, 16:46 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

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"A potent new software tool has emerged for launching attacks similar to, but more lethal than, the ones that took down Yahoo and other major Web sites in February."

"The new tool, called "Mstream," joins Trinoo, TFN2K, Stacheldraht, Shaft and other programs made to launch "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attacks."

"Although Mstream apparently is still in the early stages of development, the core attack engine is more powerful than the existing attack software tools, said Dave Dittrich, a University of Washington computer administrator who helped in an analysis of Mstream."

"One side effect of the new program is that it potentially can complete a successful attack using fewer computers than did earlier tools. The software "will be disruptive to the victim...even with an attack network consisting of only a handful of agents," Dittrich said."

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