The Defense Information Systems Agency wants commercial products that could help network administrators detect and react to distributed-denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks, according to a request for information posted today.
In such attacks, an individual or group attempts to bring down a Web site by overwhelming it with traffic.
The agency is interested in solutions that could give administrators a clear and timely picture of what is happening on their networks, alert them in the event of suspicious activity and provide options for mitigating attacks, the notice states.
“The goal of this solution is to detect and mitigate all DDOS attempts to disrupt [Defense Department] network communications and to detect internal assets displaying anomalous behavior across the Internet-to-NIPRnet boundary,” the notice states.
---------------About damn time?
There are several articles making the rounds on the net...claiming the government ignored warnings from South Korea relating possible cyber attacks.
But did they even need a warning relating to DDoS??
Sure...in my view, DDoS isn't a super huge threat when compared to SCADA and other real "hacking" attacks...but Mafiaboy took out Yahoo!, Amazon.com, Dell, E*TRADE, eBay, and CNN in early 2000.
Isn't 9 years enough of warning?