Politically Motivated Denial of Service Attacks

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Executive Summary

Cyberwarfare has been waged for well over a decade, utilizing methods such as website defacement, data leakage, and Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS). This paper focuses on the latter, attacks that are easily carried out and designed to overwhelm a victim's network with wasted traffic. The goal of a DDoS attack is to make the use of the network impossible for internal or external users. Through a brief examination of the history of these attacks, the authors find they previously were designed to inflict punitive damage on the victim but have since grown into sophisticated censorship tools.

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