[H]ard|OCP has linked to an absolutely shocking story; the intertubes are chuck full of cholesterol.  Arbor Networks analyzed the data from about 1,300 routers over 18 months, and found between 1% to 3% of the network traffic was consistently garbage.  Even better, it appears that you can rent that garbage from shady characters on a monthly basis, and use it to launch DDOS attacks.

Psst, buddy … wanna buy some bandwidth?

This news item claims that somewhere between one percent and three percent of all traffic on the Internet is meaningless packets of information, used in distributed denial of service attacks.

Those are the findings of Arbor Networks, a network traffic analysis company that recently looked at traffic flowing between more than 68 Internet service providers to see how much of it was malicious. “The thing that’s surprising is it’s consistently 1 to 3 percent,” said Danny McPherson, Arbor’s chief research officer. “It’s pretty significant.”

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