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ComputerWorld: University researcher traces response to DDOS attacks

Aug 19, 2000, 13:01 (0 Talkback[s])

"In August 1999, University of Washington researcher David Dittrich discovered that machines on the university's network had been invaded by a new type of attack program that harnessed thousands of compromised computers to launch denial-of-service attacks against targeted systems."

"According to Dittrich, the DDOS attack tools were developed by people who initially sought to take over channels on Internet Relay Chat. "They did it to see if they could do it and because it was easy enough that they could," said Dittrich."

"Dittrich said he traced the initial DDOS agents to a small ISP in Texas that provided the connection to a master machine that was controlling the agents. He noted that most ISPs are often unwilling to investigate DDOS intrusions and are often eager to quickly reestablish intruders' accounts."

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