Security

Measuring Global Denial of Service Attacks

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Executive Summary

Cyberattacks as a tool for information warfare are not new and have been popular for well over a decade. Their growing prevalence, however, is a disturbing trend that requires study. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are one of the most widely crippling elements of many cyberwarfare campaigns. Designed to overwhelm a victim's infrastructure with junk traffic, their impact has been a significant element in some cyber warfare campaigns. As seen in Georgia, Estonia, and against dissident groups, these attacks can affect much more than just the specific targets. Furthermore, with the growing sophistication of attackers, people see that they can strike key infrastructure elements.

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