Last Updated on November 19, 2023 by InfraExam
What type of attack occurs when an attacker sends a flood of protocol request packets to various IP hosts and the attacker spoofs the source IP address of the packets, such that each packet has the IP address of the intended target rather than the IP address of the attacker as its source address?
- reflection attack
- amplification attack
- MITM attack
- Trojan virus ARP
|Explanation & Hint:
The type of attack described is known as a reflection attack. In a reflection attack, the attacker sends packets to a network’s IP broadcast address using a forged source IP address (which is the victim’s IP address). The systems on the network then respond to this address, flooding the victim with traffic. This can be combined with amplification if the reply packets are larger than the request packets, significantly multiplying the volume of data sent to the victim.