By Matthew Sarrel  |  Posted 2002-11-19 Print this article Print

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DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) Attack An electronic assault in which many compromised systems are made to flood a target with requests and overwhelm its capacity.

Malicious Web sites Pages embedded with ActiveX, Java, or JavaScript attacks that execute when those pages are loaded.

Trojan horse Malicious code that enters computers through innocuous-seeming applications or data files, then attacks the systems from within.

Virus A piece of malicious code that causes undesirable events by infecting files, system/boot records, or applications.

Worm A malicious file or piece of code that replicates itself over a network, reproducing until it has consumed system resources.

Matthew Sarrel Matthew D. Sarrel, CISSP, is a network security,product development, and technical marketingconsultant based in New York City. He is also a gamereviewer and technical writer. To read his opinions on games please browse http://games.mattsarrel.com and for more general information on Matt, please see http://www.mattsarrel.com.

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