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#1 twinsdad

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 06:33 PM

Hope this forum is the place for this inquiry. I spend some time each day looking at various news and political-type "blogs" and have occasionally seen a message similar to this one I discovered today:

The server is currently under DoS attacks, please be patient while the problem is being resolved.


I assume this means someone is trying to disrupt/hack or otherwise do nasty things, but I'm curious as to exactly what might be happening, hopefully in terms simple enough that even I can understand. Thanks.
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Posted 08 February 2005 - 09:31 PM

Here's a good site for definitions > http://www.webopedia.com/

Specifically a DOS Attack: "Short for denial-of-service attack, a type of attack on a network that is designed to bring the network to its knees by flooding it with useless traffic. Many DoS attacks, such as the Ping of Death and Teardrop attacks, exploit limitations in the TCP/IP protocols. For all known DoS attacks, there are software fixes that system administrators can install to limit the damage caused by the attacks. But, like viruses, new DoS attacks are constantly being dreamed up by hackers."

http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/D/DoS_attack.html

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Posted 08 February 2005 - 09:48 PM

Just imagine what would happen if ten thousand people in your area all called 911 at the same time, and you will understand a denial of service attach,
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Posted 09 February 2005 - 08:38 AM

Thanks Koan and John! I've bookmarked the Webopedia site for future use. It would be a better world if the jerks :thumbsup: who do such stupid things would put their intelligence and time to better things.
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