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Internet Denial of Service: Attack and Defense Mechanisms by Peter Reiher, David Dittrich, Sven Dietrich, Jelena Mirkovic

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Appendix A. Glossary

The following is a glossary of terms associated with DDoS.

agent A malware program responsible for performing actions under control of a handler. In the context of DDoS, this would be the program that floods a victim. Other agents could be responsible for distributed sniffing, distributed file service, distributed password cracking, etc. An agent in a classic handler/agent network does not directly respond to user commands, instead having these commands relayed to it from a handler. IRC bots, on the other hand, do (in most cases) respond directly to commands from the attacker.

See also army, bot, botnet, handler.

amplification Attacks that use amplification use some kind of request that will elicit a response that is ...

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