Microchip maker Intel says it has come up with a way to automatically thwart distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, in which malicious hackers paralyse a website by flooding it with endless “packets” of junk data.

In DDoS attacks, hackers exploit one of the internet’s weak points: its ability to route messages around damaged parts of the network. So if a message is blocked in one direction, it will try another way in.

However, Intel of Santa Clara, California, reckons it has come up with an automated response system that its patent says – perhaps tempting fate – should be unhackable.
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