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Laurentian U. fends off cyber attack

The university experienced a Distributed Denial of Service Attack, which it was able to stop within minutes

Laurentian University said it was able to fend off a cyber attack Thursday.

“We can confirm that Laurentian experienced a Distributed Denial of Service Attack, which we were able to stop within minutes,” said an email to from Laurentian spokesperson Shaun Malley.

“None of our systems have been compromised.”

According to the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack is a form of a Denial of Service (DoS) Attack.

These type of attacks involve the perpetrator flooding the target (e.g. a server hosting a website or an organization’s network) with traffic. The target is then overloaded by this traffic and cannot respond to it or the system crashes.

A Distributed Denial of Service Attack has the same goal of disrupting and preventing access to information, but it looks a bit different.

Multiple machines are used to attack one target. While a DDoS attack can be a co-ordinated effort between a group of threat actors, it can also be carried out by one person using a botnet.



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