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ISP's under assault,"supra-backbone DoS attacks are on the upswing."
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Written by Daniel   
Tuesday, 12 September 2006 15:03
September 12, 2006 (3:56 PM EDT)

Massive DoS Attacks Against ISPs On The Rise

By Gregg Keizer, TechWeb Technology News

Large scale denial-of-service attacks, growing in size and increasing in frequency, are the biggest threats to Internet service providers, a security company said Tuesday.

ISPs are spending more to defend against massive denial-of-service (DoS) attacks than they are protecting themselves against highly-publicized worm attacks, Lexington, Mass.-based Arbor Networks reported in its annual survey of major providers.

According to the Arbor poll of 55 ISPs in North America, Europe, and Asia, multi-gigabit, supra-backbone DoS attacks are on the upswing. Providers, said Arbor, regularly report attacks beyond the capacity of core backbone sections of the Internet in the 10-20Gbps range. "This is driven by the proliferation of broadband Internet connectivity globally," the survey's report said.

The bulk of these DoS attacks originate with botnets, collections of compromised computers that criminals have acquired by infecting them with Trojan horses through other means, such as e-mail, spyware, or malicious Web sites.... Much more @ TechWeb

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