Doug Bedell — January 30, 2015, 12:15 pm

Defending Against ‘Computer Clogging’ Attacks

Ever have your e-mail account stuffed with hundreds of anonymous messages of no apparent value? That may well have been what’s known as a Denial of Service (DoS) attack. It’s distinct from a Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDos), which could be much worse. It’s important to know about such things in these days of heightened internet security risks. We think of denial of service attacks as computer clogging ones.

Krebs on Security reported on Jan. 15 that “Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks designed to silence end users and sideline websites grew with alarming frequency and size last year, according to new data released this week.” Brian Krebs quotes data from nearly 300 companies collected by Arbor Networks, “a major provider of services to help block DDoS assaults.” Krebs hires another company to protect his own site against such attacks. Spend some time with his ominous post.

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