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Under DDoS attack; what do I do now?

  • From: Chris Adams
  • Date: Wed Aug 30 13:27:19 2000

We appear to be under a distributed denial of service attack.  We are
receiving 7.5+ megabits per second of ICMP traffic (it looks like a
smurf attack) from all over to a single address (one that was in our
dialup pool).  We've taken the IP out of our pool and are routing it to
a separate interface with a computer just setup to capture traffic.

It isn't causing an immediate problem, since we've routed the traffic
away, but what do we do next?  We've been contacted by a couple of the
people sending the ICMP replies complaining about us pinging them and
told them about fixing distributed broadcast and they've said they'll
look into it.

What do we do to track this down?  We've got four upstreams and the
traffic appears to be coming in all four; do we need to call all of
them?  Is there any kind of organization that can help coordinate this?

Thanks for any help you can give.
Chris Adams <[email protected]>
Systems and Network Administrator - HiWAAY Information Services
I don't speak for anybody but myself - that's enough trouble.