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DOS Attacks are know as Denial of service attacks which are know for their crippling of another computer system They are attacks made by people sending information to another computer system attempting to crash the other computer The attacks are done with super fast computers on super fast Internet connections On Monday February 6 2000 one of the largest Internet site Yahoocom was crippled with a DOS attack by a large number of computersDube Web Under Attack pars 2-3 The next day Tuesday February 7 2000 a large number of other high-profile web sites such as Buycom CNNcom eBaycom and Amazoncom were crippled by a DOS attackDube Web Under Attack pars 2-3 The attacks continued on Wednesday February 8 2000 taking down the sites of ETRADEcom and ZDNetcomDube Web Under Attack pars 2-3 Most these site were down for only a couple of hours but were quickly up and running after being discovered to be downDube Web Under Attack pars 2-3 The attacks against these sites were not in an attempt to obtain financial information from the companies that operated the sites as in other attack try to do but rather they were attacks intending to disable the sitesDube Web Under Attack pars 2-3 A DOS attack is commonly referred to as a hack because it is a malicious offensive against another computer system buy unlike most other hacks it does not let the hacker gain access to the other computer Instead a DOS is a merciless stream of information sent to a target with the intention of flooding it until it crashes or can no longer take legitimate trafficHooper par 3 The attacks were committed by a large group of compromised computers computers that were accessed by the culprits at a earlier time through hacking them gaining them access for as long as they wanted Upon gaining access to these computers the culprits installed programs that upon the start of the
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