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Submission + - P2P Networks Hijacked forDDoS Attacks

1sockchuck writes: "Peer-to-peer networks are being hijacked to launch distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on web sites, according to security researchers and network service providers. In these attacks, large numbers of client computers running P2P software are tricked into requesting a file from the intended target of the DDoS, allowing the attacker to use the P2P network to overwhelm the target site with traffic. As many as 100,000 machines have been used in some of the attacks, which may be attractive to attackers, as they don't require the use of an existing "botnet" of compromised computers."

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