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BitTorrent Clients Can Be Made To Participate In High-Volume DoS Attacks

Aug 18

An anonymous reader writes: A group of researchers have discovered some of the most popular BitTorrent applications, including uTorrent, Mainline, and Vuze are vulnerable to a newly discovered form of distributed denial of service attack that makes it easy for a single person to bring down large sites. The weaknesses allow an attacker to insert the target’s IP address instead of their own in the malicious request. To mount a Distributed Reflective DoS (DRDoS) attack, an attacker sends this malformed requests to other BitTorrent users, which then act as reflectors and amplifiers and flood the intended victim with responses.

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