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Next big threat could be denial-of-service attacks
Thursday - 1/20/2011, 2:10pm EST
A senior security researcher at Adobe Systems warned about them at the Black Hat Federal conference in Arlington. Bryan Sullivan says in Government Computer News that cybercrooks will use DOS attacks to use up resources and drive up the cost of cloud computing.
He described a new generation of attacks that will target specific lines of code in a specific application.
Although the impact is less widespread than a traditional DOS attack, Sullivan says it is highly targeted and highly effective. One single HTTP request of several hundred bytes could crash a server.
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