2010 Report on Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) Attacks

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Ethan Zuckerman

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Hal Roberts

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Ryan McGrady

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jillian York

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

John G. Palfrey

Harvard Law School

Date Written: December 20, 2010

Abstract

Our research begins with the idea that Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is an increasingly common Internet phenomenon and is capable of silencing Internet speech, usually for a brief interval but occasionally for longer. We explore the specific phenomenon of DDoS attacks on independent media and human rights organizations, seeking to understand the nature and frequency of these attacks, their efficacy, and the responses available to sites under attack. Our report offers advice to independent media and human rights sites likely to be targeted by DDoS but comes to the uncomfortable conclusion that there is no easy solution to these attacks for many of these sites, particularly for attacks that exhaust network bandwidth.

Suggested Citation

Zuckerman, Ethan and Roberts, Hal and McGrady, Ryan and York, Jillian and Palfrey, John G., 2010 Report on Distributed Denial of Service (DDos) Attacks (December 20, 2010). Berkman Center Research Publication No. 2010-16. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1872065

Ethan Zuckerman (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

Hal Roberts

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

HOME PAGE: http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/hroberts

Ryan McGrady

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Jillian York

Harvard University - Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society ( email )

Harvard Law School
23 Everett, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

John G. Palfrey

Harvard Law School ( email )

1545 Massachusetts Avenue
Areeda Hall 511
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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