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Case (Pub Mat)
This case opens with a fictitious yet common situation of a corporate executive who is uncertain how to respond to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. It provides some anecdotes and statistics relating to DDoS attacks, and then briefly tells the story of Michael Calce, nicknamed Mafiaboy, who as a young teen effectively launched attacks that shut down companies such as Amazon, CNN, Dell, eBay and Yahoo! The basic DDoS process is explained, and then students are invited to evaluate whether Calce's punishment fit his crime, the relatively low level of computer expertise required to launch a damaging attack, potential risks to traditional (non IT-focused) firms, and whether doing business on-line is too risky.
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