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Suddenly your Web server becomes unavailable. When you investigate, you realize that a flood of packets is surging into your network. You have just become one of the hundreds of thousands of victims of a denial-of-service attack, a pervasive and growing threat to the Internet. What do you do?

Internet Denial of Service sheds light on a complex and fascinating form of computer attack that impacts the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of millions of computers worldwide. It tells the network administrator, corporate CTO, incident responder, and student how DDoS attacks are prepared and executed, how to think about DDoS, and how to arrange computer and network defenses. It also provides a suite of actions that can be taken before, during, and after an attack.

Inside, you'll find comprehensive information on the following topics

  • How denial-of-service attacks are waged
  • How to improve your network's resilience to denial-of-service attacks
  • What to do when you are involved in a denial-of-service attack
  • The laws that apply to these attacks and their implications
  • How often denial-of-service attacks occur, how strong they are, and the kinds of damage they can cause
  • Real examples of denial-of-service attacks as experienced by the attacker, victim, and unwitting accomplices

The authors' extensive experience in handling denial-of-service attacks and researching defense approaches is laid out clearly in practical, detailed terms.

About the Author

Jelena Mirkovic has been an assistant professor at the University of Delaware since 2003. She holds a Ph.D. in computer science from the University of California, Los Angeles, where she developed effective defenses against distributed denial-of-service attacks.

Sven Dietrich is a member of the technical staff at the CERT Coordination Center, part of the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, and is affiliated with Carnegie Mellon CyLab, a university-wide cyber security research and education initiative. He has worked and published on DDoS since 1999.

David Dittrich is a senior security engineer at the University of Washington s Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity and a founding member of the Honeynet Project. He published the first detailed technical analyses of DDoS tools in 1999, and maintains the largest Web page on the subject.

Peter Reiher is an adjunct associate professor at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research includes defenses against denial-of-service attacks.

Table of Contents



About the Authors.

1. Introduction.

    DoS and DdoS

    Why Should We Care?

    What Is This Book?

    Who Is This Book For?

    What Can This Book Help You Do?

    Outline of the Remaining Chapters

2. Understanding Denial of Service.

    The Ulterior Motive

    Meet the Attackers

    Behind the Scenes

    Distribution Effects

    DDoS: Hype or Reality?

    How Vulnerable Are You to DDoS?

3. History of DoS and DDoS.


    Design Principles of the Internet

    DoS and DDoS Evolution

4. How Attacks Are Waged.

    Recruitment of the Agent Network

    Controlling the DDoS Agent Network

    Semantic Levels of DDoS Attacks

    Attack Toolkits

    What Is IP Spoofing?

    DDoS Attack Trends

5. An Overview of DDoS Defenses.

    Why DDoS Is a Hard Problem

    DDoS Defense Challenges

    Prevention versus Protection and Reaction

    DDoS Defense Goals

    DDoS Defense Locations

    Defense Approaches

6. Detailed Defense Approaches.

    Thinking about Defenses

    General Strategy for DDoS Defense

    Preparing to Handle a DDoS Attack

    Handling an Ongoing DDoS Attack as a Target

    Handling an Ongoing DDoS Attack as a Source

    Agreements/Understandings with Your ISP

    Analyzing DDoS tools

7. Survey of Research Defense Approaches.





    Secure Overlay Services (SOS)

    Proof of Work




    SIFF: An End-Host Capability Mechanism to Mitigate DDoS Flooding Attacks

    Hop-Count Filtering (HCF)

    Locality and Entropy Principles

    An Empirical Analysis of Target-Resident DoS Filters

    Research Prognosis

8. Legal Issues.

    Basics of the U.S. Legal System

    Laws That May Apply to DDoS Attacks

    Who Are the Victims of DDoS?

    How Often Is Legal Assistance Sought in DDoS Cases?

    Initiating Legal Proceedings as a Victim of DdoS

    Evidence Collection and Incident Response Procedures

    Estimating Damages

    Jurisdictional Issues

    Domestic Legal Issues

    International Legal Issues

    Self-Help Options

    A Few Words on Ethics

    Current Trends in International Cyber Law

9. Conclusions.

    Prognosis for DdoS

    Social, Moral, and Legal Issues

    Resources for Learning More


Appendix A. Glossary.

Appendix B. Survey of Commercial Defense Approaches.

    Mazu Enforcer by Mazu Networks

    Peakflow by Arbor Networks

    WS Series Appliances by Webscreen Technologies

    Captus IPS by Captus Networks

    MANAnet Shield by CS3

    Cisco Traffic Anomaly Detector XT and Cisco Guard XT

    StealthWatch by Lancope


Appendix C. DDoS Data.

    2004 CSI/FBI Computer Crime and Security Survey

    Inferring Internet Denial-of-Service Activity

    A Framework for Classifying Denial-of- Service Attacks

    Observations and Experiences Tracking Denial-of-Service Attacks across a Regional ISP

    Report on the DDoS Attack on the DNS Root Servers





Product Details

Mirkovic, Jelena
Prentice Hall PTR
Dietrich, Sven
Dittrich, David
Reiher, Peter
Networking - Local Area Networks (LANs)
Computer networks
Computer crimes
Internet - Security
Networking - General
Computer networks -- Security measures.
Internet - Security measures
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Radia Perlman Series in Computer Networking and Security
Publication Date:
November 2004
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
9 x 7 x 0.9 in 649 gr

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