distributed attack, high or not
Steven M. Bellovin
smb at research.att.com
Thu Jan 31 03:14:18 UTC 2002
In message <20020131025142.A12260 at monet.titania.net>, "Joseph T. Klein" writes:
>I define it as random because the traffic rise could be seen
>coming in from multiple providers and looked to be the same
>percent from all sources (separate routers with separate
>interfaces to separate ASNs in separate geographic locations).
>The traffic was inbound and not backsplash from randomized
>It looks to me like a infection with someone turning a control
>knob. Is this common or a precusor of a bad thing?
It's a classic DDoS attack, aimed at you. Someone has lots of zombie
machines out there; at some point, they sent a command packet to all of
them, saying "bombard such-and-such an IP address for 3600 seconds".
Common? It happens frequently to someone. Precursor? Entirely
possible, though there's no way to know for sure. But it can be very
bad -- see http://news.zdnet.co.uk/story/0,,t269-s2103098,00.html
for what happened to a British ISP.
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb
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