It may be possible for a “single dedicated attacker” to run an internet “carpet-bombing” attack by applying Big Data and distributed computing technologies, security researcher Alejandro Caceres warns.
The traditional botnet, or network of hijacked computers, has been used for distributed computing problems, such as Bitcoin mining or DDoS attacks, for years.
But now attacking hundreds of thousands or even millions of targets at once – such as IP addresses or web applications – can be done using cheap hardware, open-source tools and a standard internet connection.
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