Denial of Service is a family of attacks that attempt to force a target to use up resources (CPU time, memory, bandwidth etc) through flood a target with useless packets, connections or tasks

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Tracking IP address to prevent abuse without logging user metadata

I am trying to balance good security practices against excessive logging of user metadata / Personally Identifiable Information. I am constructing a web app that allows for secure messaging. In part ...
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Hosting multiple websites on the same server - Prevention from DoS

I have an server which contains around 4 instances hosted on it. I am aware that if a DoS attack happens on one of the instances it will take down all the other instances too. How to prevent such a ...
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Could a large amount of wget requests be viewed as an attack?

I'm working on a program that downloads and analyzes historical stock data from Yahoo Finance. I download the data in my program by using the wget command. I have a list of about 3,000 stock symbols ...
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DoS and Hacking [closed]

Based on the top rated answer to this question: Is showing your IP address in the URL a bad practice? I'm curious to know if a DoS attack is consider 'hacking' or simply an 'attack.' I think ...
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Content management url security

I manage a website that is a "bad magnet" for our competitors. I am using Incapsula CDN + WAF and I have internal proxy for caching. CMS/WP from its nature is very data consuming, I have check ...
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Can/do botnets brute force “high value” users of services like Gmail?

On an intranet a login is generally disabled after a very small number of failed logins. But a public email service like Gmail can't do the same, otherwise pranksters would just be continuously ...
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DoS attack against a domain registrar and DNS provider

our smalltime registrar comes under DoS often who is also our DNS provider. If we switch our DNS provider, will it let us keep our domain afloat during an attack against the registrar, or do we have ...
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Is it possible that I have caused a DoS to my son's tablets [migrated]

I have three Internet connections at home, they are not connected to each other in any possible way, they are from three different ISPs FTTC #1 , the white modem and the black and white router ...
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DoS by consuming all hosting trafic

Given a small website hosted on a small data plan, is it possible for someone to keep doing requesting for my website URL or just an image hosted on my website that will consume all my permitted ...
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Mitigate DDos on Windows box

I would love to know, If you know some way to mitigate DDos/Dos attacks on Windows. In Linux we can Mitigate using the IPTables Almighty, but I wonder If there is something like that in Windows. ...
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DoS on an ordinary IP [duplicate]

So, I understand DoSing to an HTTP Server. I understand Layer 7 DoS attacks and how to even make these work. But what for an normal IP that isn't HTTP and is connected to the internet. Is the only ...
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How a DOS TCP packet different from normal Packet?

a normal tcp packet shown in figure How a TCP packet that causes dos attack different from normal Tcp Packet?
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How does HTTPS help websites under DoS attacks

From time to time one of the websites I browse regularly becomes a victim of a DoS/DDoS attack and usually they solve the problem by switching to https. I cant see the connection between the attack ...
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Slow HTTP DoS Mechanics

Our firewall detected and blocked a Slow HTTP DoS the other day. There were only a few attempts in the log. It wasn't a full on attack (there would be more traffic). My question is...if I'm an ...
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Google: “Unusual traffic from your computer network”

I often happen to receive the message: "Unusual traffic from your computer network" while googling in Russian speaking countries. Google explains this with: You may see "Our systems have ...
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Locking an enterprise account from an internet facing application

Some corporate applications are most useful when they are accessible from the internet. Outlook Web Access comes to mind. Those application usually have a user directory (usually LDAP) in the ...
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Is it possible to build a web-service which is immune to DOSes?

I heard that a service I'm using on the web has some problems with denial of service -attacks. I was wondering if it is theoretically possible to build a web-services where user can send data and ...
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How to send GET/POST requests without header and agent information

I want to test our DOS prevention system against http requests that are not have header and agent information. Is there any tool I can do that. I tried siege with this command siege -c 3 -b -H ...
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Preventing artificial latency or “Lag Hacking” in multiplayer games

There is an attack that some people have dubbed "lag hacking", and its gaining popularity in multiplayer games. There are at-least two ways of creating artificial latency. One method of introducing ...
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Are COMET installations immune to “Slow TCP Reading” DoS on Windows? (Such as SignalR or WebSync)

My understanding is that COMET implementations of WebSync and SignalR do not directly use IIS and are a few layers lower on the ISO model. After reading Qualys's blog regarding slow TCP reading, I ...
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What is the difference between login throttling and temporary account lockout? [closed]

I am currently working on the redesign of a login page. I have initially suggested that login be throttled whereby pauses (incremental - in number of seconds) are introduced between each failed login ...
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How can I stop this DOS attack?

I have this entry appearing constantly in my router logs: [DOS Attack] : 5 [RST Scan] packets detected in last 20 seconds, source ip [xx.xx.xx.xx] They just never stop. It doesn't seem to affect ...
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Is it safe to ignore DoS attacks on my router?

There are several entries in my router's log file showing recent DoS attempts on some of its ports. They look like this: [DoS Attack: ACK Scan] from source: 213.61.245.234, port 80, Friday, November ...
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How could a SYN flood affect a home router

I was curious how a DoS attack would affect a home router. In particular, I'm interested in how a SYN flood would affect a home router. The reason I'm interested is due to a Cisco document I read. ...
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HTTP attack taking down PHP-FPM [closed]

Someone started attacking my site a few minutes ago and its caused PHP-FPM to max out all cores (4) on my vps and NGINX is now serving 502 to all users. I'm seeing a bunch of these requests with tons ...
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How web application firewalls protect application from DDoS attacks?

How to protect a web application from DDoS by the implementation of Web Application firewalls? How effective is this method?
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Can this be a DoS Attack?

When I'm checking my log, I found like 15k events of " PAM service(sshd) ignoring max retries; 6 > 3 " I know this might be normal, and considered as Brute-Force attack, but can it be classified as ...
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defend against LOIC Hive Mind attack

Other than client puzzles, what are some things a website can do to defend itself against a LOIC Hive Mind attack? The Low Orbit Ion Cannon (LOIC) is an attack tool which features a user-friendly GUI ...
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distinguish between bots and legitimate clients [closed]

If an attack (DoS & DDoS) involves thousands of bots, how can the server distinguish them from legitimate clients?
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Can the attacker launch a sufficiently large SYN flood to overwhelm the victim's server?

Suppose that the victim's web server infrastructure can process 200,000 TCP connection requests per second. Assume that a single connection request (TCP initial SYN) requires 40 bytes to transmit. The ...
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What is this strange GET request (GET /A0A32579-2767) DoSed my apache?

I have apache behind nginx on my webserver. Today my apache stops answering to requests. Investigations shows this situation: 1) Number of apache processes grows more that 500 but MaxChildren=256 in ...
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How to detect bots clicking a link?

I own a url shortening service. I want to deliver only legitimate statistics to my clients. There are possible scenarios that a particular user writes a script to automatically open the shortened URL, ...
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How does a Distributed Denial Of Service Attack work

Let's assume that a hacker has already infected an X number of PCs , each one of them is online. How will he actually perform this attack? Just send ping requests or use his very precious tool to do ...
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Is opening a new mysql connection for each query potentially unsafe?

I am doing some unit testing and noticed that if I click (or have multiple people clicking) the same filter very very fast (very precise I know;) eventually I get a "The connection is already open." ...
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Does a self-signed certificate offer more protection than a public key?

I'm having a hard time finding the practical benefits of transmitting a self-signed certificate over simply a public key. I understand that a self-signed certificate proves the integrity of the public ...
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Can someone launch a DOS attack on my IP

Suppose, I have a static IP on my PC and is known to others. None of my softwares listen for remote connection. Is it still possible for someone to DOS attack me in such cases? If yes, how it is ...
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De-auth attack Reason codes and possible reaction

I am learning about Deauth attacks and how they work. I see that the Deauth frame has a reason code which indicates the reason for the deauth. I have tested the attack with aircrack-ng and this reason ...
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Could John Oliver be (inadvertently?) launching DOS attacks?

Occasionally on his show, John Oliver points his viewers to the comments section of websites for companies/organizations that have done something putatively nefarious. For instance, when he pointed ...
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Whose resources does Maltego Footprint L3 exhaust? Mine or target's?

Maltego Footprint L3 says: This perform a level 3 (intense) footprint on a domain. It takes a while and it eats resources. Use with care. Whose resources do they refer to? My resources or the ...
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What is DDOS TCP KILL?

I've recently been introduced to Kali Linux's webkiller tool, located in the websploit category. It works on the concept of Tcpkill. I don't understand how the DoS attack with Tcpkill works. Can ...
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How can I protect my “try it with one click” service?

I have a service with "try it now" experience that currently offers a "one click" effort. This service has a pool of N resources (lets say 50). Each new resource takes about 1 hour to generate. ...
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do ISPs implement security measures?

For example, if a user is receiving a denial of service attack, with huge amounts of packets being sent to him to disrupt his service, will the ISP notice and stop the offending traffic? Another ...
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Identifying attacks by network activity

Is it posible (and how) to tell from a network dump if there is a buffer overflow attack, DoS or brute force attack? A DDoS would be more obvious to identify, but those attacks mentioned above I think ...
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DOS attack to increase packets received from a single request?

Is there any attack out there that can be implemented where a single request to a server i host for example responds by sending the same file say 20 times back ? the idea behind the attack is to DOS ...
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Preventing a Computational DoS Attack in Public Key Cryptosystems

I'm designing a server which accepts anonymous messages using ECIES: as in, anonymous users send the server an ephemeral EC public key, and the server uses ECDH to derive a shared secret, and some KDF ...
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Does clicking lead to DoS attack? [closed]

I have a website. Suppose someone will code a program that will click continuously on the links of my webpage: could this lead to a DoS attack ?
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API Key DDOS prevention method

Hi I just wanted some feedback on a DDOS preventing php script that I'm designing. It quite simple and I wanted some feedback on whether you guys think it would be effective. I'm currently using the ...
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Does Windows 7 have built in wifi deauthentication attack protection?

I'm testing a wifi de-authentication attack and it looks like my Windows 7 client is not getting kicked off the network during the deauthentication. Any explanations as to why that might be? I've got ...
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what type of attack does LOIC do? [closed]

I have used LOIC (Low Orbit Ion Cannon) earlier . Today i was reading on wikipedia that there are many types of dos attacks , namely SYN attacks , HTTP flooding ,UDP flooding ,etc and two questions ...
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How to prevent Cookie-Bombs?

Egor Homakov made a nice writeup (Cookie Bomb or let's break the Internet) on how to crash CDNs and other websites with cookies. Although this is a user/browser-side DOS, I'm wondering how one would ...