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UDP-Based Amplification Attacks

Written by DFM Team


UDP-Based Amplification Attacks

We’ve all heard of a Denial of Service Attack (DDoS), and some of us may have heard of a Distributed Reflective Denial of Service Attack (DRDoS). They are synonymous to both the reflection attack in traditional terms and to a more best of breed amplification attacks. The two are not too different in terms of usage but can be used quite differently or similar to plugins as an add-on –one amplifies the others attack potential – that does not mean it’s a better approach – just used differently for specific attacks considerations. To ensure we don’t lose the audience, the key thing here is that they both, suffice it to say will weaken the target system and cause major disruption.

The Amplification attack is a form of a reflection attack, that generally uses public systems (routers, machines, etc..) to flood a target system with large quantities of UDP packets at a particular time to cause disruption. Now take a step back, what is a reflection attack – in simple terms, it is nearly a feedback loop that challenges itself to acknowledge itself. What ? Did I lose you again! Don’t worry it’s actually easier than you think.

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