how is ddos and dos illegal?

Discussion in 'other security issues & news' started by danielspencer2, Jan 27, 2011.

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  1. danielspencer2
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    danielspencer2 Registered Member

    So I was reading that ddos and dos attacks are illegal in the USA,UK and many other countries, but how can the authorities tell whether a person is ddos'ing or just accessing a website lots of times?
    For example, if a company had 3000 employees that all went to www.example.com and the website went down, how will the authorities know it was NOT a dos or ddos?
  2. JRViejo
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    JRViejo Global Moderator

    danielspencer2, perhaps a review of Wikipedia's Denial-of-service attack might help in answering your questions.

    Do read section 2.11 Unintentional denial of service, which would apply to your example.
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