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[ISN] DDoS: The Message is Often Lost in the Noise
By: security curmudgeon
November 23, 2011
Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, attacks are an extremely simple
thing, in concept.
This article won't get into the details of investigation, C&C tracking,
dozens of jurisdiction battles, mitigation, or any of the technical
aspects of such attacks.
Rather, this article is a simple request directed at those who launch,
contract, or operate botnets that facilitate DDoS attacks.
On the most fundamental level, a DDoS attack is about PersonA doing
wrong, and PersonB punishing them for it. It doesn't matter what your
perception of "wrong" is. PersonA did something wrong in the eyes of
PersonB, and that is all that matters. PersonA could have fired PersonB
from a job, posted derogatory comments about the wife, or said cats are
better than dogs on a pet forum.
Rather than ignore the transgression, move on, or confront the person in
a more rational manner, PersonB resorts to a DDoS attack. They may have
the resources to launch it themselves, or may have to pay for the
Most in the security industry frown upon botnet-for-hire operators that
sell their stolen bandwidth for illicit purposes. Just today, a person I
spoke with called them "scum". Perhaps they are. Personally, while I
don't like or agree with it, I understand it. They are no different than
any other person selling questionable or illicit services or goods in
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