Chapter 16. Denial of Service Attacks

Denial of service (DoS) attacks are something that you should avoid launching against your own network. End of chapter.

Seriously, denial of service is something that you need to be very careful with. Unlike many other chapters in this book, which have focused on how to launch various attacks, this chapter focuses on countermeasures and how to non-destructively test for denial of service conditions.

A denial of service attack is any attempt by an attacker to deny his victim’s access to a resource. Although you could consider a volcano eruption, an act of war, or an earthquake to be a denial of service attack, this chapter addresses only intentional attacks launched by computers against other computers. You can ...

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