Socket man: Steve Gibson's DDoS attacks
Source: Newsforge - Posted by Dave Wreski   
Intrusion Detection I dig Steve Gibson. Not only is this renegade computer security consultant a great storyteller, but he's one of the best Net advocates out there, a regular Abbie Hoffman of the binary age. Still, his latest crusade has me wondering if he isn't starting to value Microsoft-bashing over basic honesty.. . . I dig Steve Gibson. Not only is this renegade computer security consultant a great storyteller, but he's one of the best Net advocates out there, a regular Abbie Hoffman of the binary age. Still, his latest crusade has me wondering if he isn't starting to value Microsoft-bashing over basic honesty.

On May 4, the Web site for Gibson's company, Gibson Research Corp., suddenly dropped off the Internet. It was being subjected to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack -- the same kind that temporarily crippled Yahoo! and CNN.com early last year -- in which a site's server is crushed by a huge number of phony requests coming from all over the Net. Fortunately for GRC, this kind of attack can easily be thwarted with a bit of smarts. Gibson knew that all his service provider had to do was have its routers read the packet headers of the phony requests to identify the return addresses, then filter out everything arriving with those addresses. Once he got the right engineer on the phone, GRC.com was back in business.

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