What does DDOS mean? Why should you care?

by Ken Feltman

(with appreciation to Gust Mees of ICT Security-Sécurité PC et Internet)

DDOS stand for “distributed denial of service.” A Distributed Denial of Service attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources.

Here are the first two paragraphs of an article that should worry you:

Security researcher Bruce Schneier spotted a series of DDoS attacks which may be part of a larger effort to learn how to take down the internet on a national or even global scale.

The attacks targeted major companies that provide the basic infrastructure for the internet and the incidents seem to appear to have probed the companies’ defenses to determine how well they can protect themselves, according to a Sept. 13 blog post. Continue reading http://www.scmagazine.com/infrastructure-ddos-attacks-could-be-part-of-larger-plan-to-shut-down-internet-on-massive-scale/article/522962/

About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Feltman founded the U.S. and European Conflict Indexes in 1988. The indexes have predicted the winner of every U.S. presidential election beginning in 1988, plus the outcome of several European elections. In May of 2010, the Conflict Index was used by university students in Egypt. The Index predicted the fall of the Mubarak government within the next year.
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