BitTorrent programs can be abused to amplify distributed denial-of-service attacks

BitTorrent applications used by hundreds of millions of users around the world could be tricked into participating in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, amplifying the malicious traffic generated by attackers by up to 50 times.

DDoS reflection is a technique that uses IP (Internet Protocol) address spoofing to trick a service to send responses to a third-party computer instead of the original sender. It can be used to hide the source of malicious traffic.

The technique can...

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