Denial-of-service attacks: street crime on the web

2019-03-01 03:03:09

By Jim Giles WHEN Toni Koivunen visits the online discussion forum Bluehell, he knows what to expect. “The first thing you see is your internet connections drop. You can’t go to any website. Then the lights on your modem go wild. Your bandwidth is being eaten alive.” Just showing up in one of the chatrooms at Bluehell is enough to generate such a cyber attack. It’s a forum where some of the web’s more disruptive coders hang out, and they don’t need much of an excuse to try out their skills. “It’s like a random act of violence,