How to crash the Internet

Posted on Monday, February 14, 2011 @ 13:46:49 PST in Internet
by Raven

From the ZDNET Technology Blog, Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols Reports:

We know you can take down Web sites with Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. We know that a country, like Egypt, can knock down a country’s entire Internet infrastructure. And, we thought we knew that you couldn’t take down the entire Internet. It turns out we could be wrong.

In a report from New Scientist, Max Schuchard a computer science graduate student and his buddies claim they’ve found a way to launch DDoS attacks on Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) network routers that could crash the Internet.

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