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Ronan Price: Your PC could have helped bring down CAO

Published 24/08/2010 | 05:00

YOUR home computer could unwittingly have been one of those digital villains that brought the Central Applications Office (CAO) website to its knees yesterday.

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The site was unavailable for several hours yesterday morning due to an increasingly common attack known as distributed denial of service -- or DDOS in hacker shorthand.

In short, hackers, often working for criminal gangs, force tens of thousands of computers around the world to continuously attempt to connect to a site. Overwhelmed by these fake requests, the website becomes unable to serve legitimate users trying to view the webpages.

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