Stories by Jay Heiser

Security Watch

The 911 virus and distributed denial-of-service attacks are the most recent manifestations of parasitic attacks. Parasitic attacks compromise unwitting intermediate victims, using them as launching pads to attack a targeted site. The unsuspecting intermediary provides the attacker with three essential resources: CPU cycles, network bandwidth and identity. The attacker uses these resources to launch automated strikes against the target.

Proactive Policies Lessen Parasitic Attack Pain

The 911 virus and distributed denial-of-service attacks are the most recent manifestations of parasitic attacks. Parasitic attacks compromise unwitting intermediate victims, using them as launching pads to attack a targeted site. The unsuspecting intermediary provides the attacker with three essential resources: CPU cycles, network bandwidth and identity. The attacker uses these resources to launch automated strikes against the target.

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