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The Fifth HOPE (2004): "Today's Modern Network Killing Robot" (DVD)

The Fifth HOPE (2004): "Today's Modern Network Killing Robot" (DVD)

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Friday, July 9, 2004: 10:00 am (Area "B"): This is an overview of the new generation of DDoS tools. Back in the day, a couple of large pings could take down lots of machines. When those techniques stopped being effective means of taking down networks, people started writing DDoS programs. These programs required a little bit of manual work to install, but were effective at taking down large networks for a while. This generation of DDoS tools was made famous in the media for victimizing famous websites for hours at a time. Soon people learned to control the damage done by these tools, and so a new generation of DDoS tools was born: Ones that could infect thousands of machines automatically to create large botnets and hide their communications in order to evade detection better than their predecessors. These botnets are now the most effective DDoS tools in popular use today. This talk will go over the more popular botnets, such as gtbot and sdbot, and talk about how they work and some ways to spot them on your network. There will be a demonstration of an irc botnet in action.

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