Monthly Archives: April 2019

DDoS: a 20-year journey from compromised workstations to IoT attacks

Sven Dietrich

Math & Computer Science Dept.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

April 11, 12pm-1pm

Room N923


In this 20-year retrospective, we discuss some of the challenges of dealing with distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks from its origins in 1999 to the recent attacks in the late 2010s.  We describe first architectures of DDoS agents, the challenges of DDoS agent/bot forensics, the variety of topologies and command-and-control mechanisms for botnets over the years, the different victim populations from scientific workstations to IoT devices, future and current Internet design considerations, as well as attack and defense mechanisms at the host and network levels.