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Expert: Windows XP could unleash wave of DoS attacks Print E-mail
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Source: InfoWorld - Posted by Jen Olson   
Intrusion Detection The implementation of Unix Sockets is troubling, Gibson wrote, because they are frequently used in two aspects of DoS attacks: falsifying IP addresses -- a technique called spoofing that makes the source of an attack harder to pinpoint, and allowing computers . . . The implementation of Unix Sockets is troubling, Gibson wrote, because they are frequently used in two aspects of DoS attacks: falsifying IP addresses -- a technique called spoofing that makes the source of an attack harder to pinpoint, and allowing computers to flood other computers with certain types of traffic, in this case, the kind of TCP packets that can bring down Web servers.

Using Unix Sockets in a consumer operating system such as Windows XP is particularly dangerous because the combination of users who are not security experts, an insecure operating system and broadband Internet connections will likely lead to "an escalation of Internet terrorism the likes of which has never been seen before," Gibson wrote.

Windows XP systems will be targets for hackers to take over and use in DoS and Distributed DoS attacks (attacks in which multiple computers worldwide are taken over and used in an attack) because they will be both powerful and easy to break into, Gibson wrote. Computers can be taken over, or primed for use in such attacks, without their owners even knowing. Worms, such as those spread through e-mail, like the Lion worm, can contain hidden code that will allow a hacker access to the system when they want to launch a DoS attack.

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