The Battle of the Botnets

The Battle of the Botnets

New Scientist is reporting on a University of Washington project aiming to marshal swarms of ‘good’ computers to take on botnets. Their approach – called Phalanx – uses its distributed network to shield a server from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Instead of that server being accessed directly, all information must pass through the swarm of ‘mailbox’ computers, which are swapped around randomly and only pass on information to the shielded server when it requests it.

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