Researchers from security vendor Damballa warn that a new botnet (a botnet is jargon for a collection of software agents, or robots, that run autonomously and automatically) powering a commercial DDoS (distributed denial of service) has significantly grown to affect ISPs worldwide. And the botnet, it is claimed, is based in China. Denial-of-service attacks involve flooding an Internet-facing server with bogus requests or packets in order to consume all of its resources and make it inaccessible to others. According to Damballa, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia and makes its money from finding and destroying such dangers, the operation, named "IM DDOS" or "I’M DDOS," began at the end of March and consists of an online website where people can register and order DDoS attacks against any target.
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