Ping Flood (ICMP Flood)

A DDoS attack that overwhelms a target with ICMP requests.

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Ping Flood

Learning Objectives

After reading this article you will be able to:

  • Describe A Ping Flood Attack

What is a Ping Flood?

A ping flood is a denial-of-service attack in which the attacker attempts to overwhelm a targeted device with ICMP echo-request packets, causing the target to become inaccessible to normal traffic. An ICMP request requires some server resources to process the request and send a response, and also requires bandwidth on both the incoming message (echo-request) and outgoing response (echo-reply). This attack aims to overwhelm the server’s ability to respond to the number of requests and/or overload the network connection with bogus traffic.