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2/21/2020
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California Man Arrested for Politically Motivated DDoS

The distributed denial-of-service attacks took a congressional candidate's website offline for a total of 21 hours during the campaign for office.

A man in Santa Monica, Calif., has been arrested for launching a series of attacks on the website of a California congressional candidate. Arthur Jan Dam is charged with one federal count of  intentionally damaging and attempting to damage a protected computer.

According to the arrest affidavit, Dam was responsible for four distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on the candidates' Web server, taking the site offline for a total of 21 hours during the campaign in 2018. Dam, it was noted, was married to an employee of the candidate's rival for the office.

All of the attacks originated from a single Amazon Web Server account owned by Dam and were controlled by logins originating from either his residence or workplace.

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boholuxe
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boholuxe,
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2/27/2020 | 3:15:45 PM
one IP?
Attack from one IP is not DDOS attack. Such attacks should be easily blocked on server by a simple server configuration
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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2/27/2020 | 1:59:19 PM
Re: DoS not DDoS
This article is a snippet of a more comprehensive article. But the point the original comment was trying to make was that if the attack came from a single system it would be DoS and not DDoS which they are correct based on the information that is provided.

Distributed refers to an attack from many separate systems. A many to one methodology, where DoS can still come from one system using a variety of methods but the term DDoS is constantly used as a misnomer for everything DoS related. And that's basically what the commentor was calling out.

I go into more detail in another response as to my position on the attack, maybe trying to have the article save face but without reviewing the details extensively and just looking at what is provided they are definitely correct in their assessment.

And welcome to Cyber Security. It's an interesting field.
RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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2/27/2020 | 1:54:58 PM
Re: DoS not DDoS
It could have originated from a single AWS server but most likely this server leveraged a zombie network to distribute the attack. I would have to dive further into the logisitics but it seems implausible that a single server would be effective at a DoS attack even using a very effective method like reflective DNS for 4 separate campaigns.

That's just my guess. I would have to see if that level of detail has been revealed.

But I definitely understand your point.
Red444
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Red444,
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2/26/2020 | 11:19:54 AM
Re: DoS not DDoS
I'm sorry, but why? 

I'm still learning cyber security... 
CyberInstructor
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CyberInstructor,
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2/24/2020 | 10:23:07 AM
"Here's your stupid sign!"
Comment for the older generation folks:  this is definitely a case of "here's your stupid sign."  
Marc Kranat
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Marc Kranat,
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2/23/2020 | 8:58:45 PM
DoS not DDoS
It's not distributed, the original article said the attack all originated from one server, so a DoS attack.

Why they would have so much trouble and it took so much time blocking an attack from a single IP is a bit of a surprise.
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