NTP DRDos Blog post
jw at nuclearfallout.net
Thu Feb 20 19:37:57 UTC 2014
On 2/20/2014 9:17 AM, Jared Mauch wrote:
> I'll split the difference, folks in operational security dislike the term as they
> feel it's inaccurate. They tend to think it's marketing vs operational related.
> Reflection attacks are considered a sub-type of DoS/DDoS and do not require a new
> term. It's the same problem folks have with absolute terms like "Unlimited Data"
> with the asterisk.
> Can I direct the knife-fights about that part off-list? :) (and preferably exclude me,
> i get enough email).
This is not a new term (certainly >12yo) and one that I see as useful,
just as it is useful to differentiate between a DoS and a DDoS. That
extra "D" tells you that it's "distributed". Add an "R" and now it's
"reflected" -- an important difference.
If it's seen as being recently co-opted and misused by marketing people,
then that's a shame. But its practicality trumps that in my eyes. And I
am definitely on the operational security side here.
I do generally prefer "X reflection/amplification attack", as Roland
suggested, as it is more specific.
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