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Researchers have uncovered a recent denial-of-service attack that employed an unusual, if not unprecedented, technique to surreptitiously cause thousands of everyday Internet users to bombard the target with a massive amount of junk traffic.
“Obviously one request per second is not a lot,” Incapsula researchers Ronen Atias and Ofer Gayer wrote. “However, when dealing with video content of 10, 20, and 30 minutes in length, and with thousands of views every minute, the attack can quickly become very large and extremely dangerous. Knowing this, the offender strategically posted comments on popular videos, effectively created a self-sustaining botnet comprising tens of thousands of hijacked browsers, operated by unsuspecting human visitors who were only there to watch a few funny cat videos.”
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