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  •  So, besides the botnet/virus that you mention (0+ / 0-)

    is seems to me that a similar effect could be achieved by --

    1. a whole lot of individual people acting as individuals once they have the script (pls excuse if wrong word), or

    2.  a possibly-lesser number of people, each equipped with the kind of software that lets them set up and manage a number of false internet personas, acting as a kind of 'force multiplier'.

    (And please, backwoodsbob, if you are one who scoffs at the idea in #2, in the interests of time, could you regard #2 with a big conditional IF, ie 'if such software existed and were in use'.)

    Thanks for your courteous reply, and for explaining in language that non-geeks like me can understand.

    •  you've got it (1+ / 0-)
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      CroneWit

      There's actually a third way.

      If the web site or its service provider blacklists or damps the response from abusive ip addresses, pretend to be someone (not hard if you know how) and get them blacklisted. Repeat for a range of addresses.

      You then have blocked or degraded other peoples services.

      •  Hadn't thought of blocking others -- (0+ / 0-)

        but yes, that would be an effectie addition to DDOSing the site itself.  Sincere attempts to access the site from a covertly blocked IP would generate a myriad of genuinely aggravated citizens.

        And who can we think of who would have lots of IPs, maybe even every single IP in America .. . . .?  

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