Today's Modern Network Killing Robot

Viki Navratilova

Tuesday, July 22nd 2003, 7:00-9:00pm
College of DuPage Bldg. OCC Rooms 128 C & D


Today's Modern Network Killing Robot will give an overview on the new generation of DDOS tools. Back in the day, a couple of large pings could take down lots of machines. When those techniques stopped being effective means of taking down networks, people started writing DDOS programs. These programs required a little bit of manual work to install, but were effective at taking down large networks for a while. This generation of DDOS tools were made famous in the media by DDOS'ing famous websites for hours at a time. Soon people learned to control the damage done by these tools, and so a new generation of DDOS tools were born: Ones that could infect thousands of machines automatically to create large botnets, and hide their communications in order to evade detection better than their predecessors.

These botnets are now the most effective DDOS tools in popular use today. This talk will go over the more popular botnets, such as gtbot and sdbot, and talk about how they work and some ways to spot them on your network.

Speaker Bio

Viki Navratilova lost on Hacker Jeopardy when she wouldn't agree that WEP is secure. After getting her B.S. in C.S., she's bounced around various corporations in the Chicago area doing computer security, 5ESS, and Unix admin stuff. She has collected clothing with company logos from all of them. Her writings on Linux and computer security have been published in web page, magazine, newspaper, and book form.

In 2001 Viki got the Chicago Tribune to publish a map of all the open wireless networks in downtown Chicago on the front page of the Business section to go along with her article on widespread unsecured wireless networks.

Getting to the meeting

The next general meeting of UniForum Chicago will be from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2003, at the College of DuPage, building OCC - rooms 128 C & D.

        College of DuPage
        Building OCC, Rooms 128 C & D
        22nd and Lambert
        Glen Ellyn, IL 60137-6599

Take 355 to Butterfield Rd (Rt. 56).  Take Butterfield West to Lambert Rd, then Lambert Rd North to 22nd St.  Turn left and look for Lots 9 or 10 (aka A or B) on the left side of Fawell Blvd.  Walk south to Building OCC, rooms 128 C & D is near the mid north-west corner of the building.

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