Black fax

The term black fax refers to a prank fax transmission, consisting of one or more pages entirely filled with a uniform black tone. The sender's intention is generally to use up as much of the recipient's fax ink, toner, or thermal paper as possible, thus costing the recipient money, as well as denying the recipient use of their own machine (similar to computer-based denial of service attacks).[1][2] This is made easier because the fax transmission protocols compress the solid black image very well, so a very short fax call can produce many pages.

Black faxes have been used to harass large institutions or government departments, to retaliate against the senders of junk faxes, or merely as simple pranks.[3][4]

The basic principle of a black fax can be extended to form a black fax attack. In this case, one or more sheets are fed halfway through the sender's fax machine and taped end to end, forming an endless loop that cycles through the machine. Not only can solid black be used, but also images which will repeat endlessly on the receiver's machine until its toner runs out.[5]

The introduction of computer-based facsimile systems (combined with integrated document imaging solutions) at major corporations now means that black faxes are unlikely to cause problems for them. On the other hand, the ability of computer modems to send faxes offers new avenues for abuse. A program could be used to generate hundreds of pages of highly compressed, pure black – or huge volumes of relevant-looking, original, non-repeating high-black-density junk, just as effective but far more difficult to counteract – and send them very quickly to the target fax machine.

Black faxes and fax loops are similar (in both intention and implementation) to lace cards.

See also

References

  1. ^ Bartlett, Jamie (2014). The Dark Net: Inside the Digital Underworld. Random House. p. 36. ISBN 0434023159. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  2. ^ Schmundt, Hilmar (February 17, 2011). "Investigators Pursue the Internet Activists of Anonymous". Spiegel Online. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Hackers turn to 'low-tech' fax in protesting cybercrime law". GMA News. October 6, 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  4. ^ Greenberg, Andy (November 30, 2012). "Anonymous Hackers Swat At Syrian Government Websites In Reprisal For Internet Blackout". Forbes. Retrieved 15 June 2017.
  5. ^ Del Gandio, Jason; Nocella II, Anthony (2014). The Terrorization of Dissent: Corporate Repression, Legal Corruption, and the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act. Lantern Books. ISBN 1590564316.

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Denial-of-service attack

In computing, a denial-of-service attack (DoS attack) is a cyber-attack in which the perpetrator seeks to make a machine or network resource unavailable to its intended users by temporarily or indefinitely disrupting services of a host connected to the Internet. Denial of service is typically accomplished by flooding the targeted machine or resource with superfluous requests in an attempt to overload systems and prevent some or all legitimate requests from being fulfilled.In a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack), the incoming traffic flooding the victim originates from many different sources. This effectively makes it impossible to stop the attack simply by blocking a single source.

A DoS or DDoS attack is analogous to a group of people crowding the entry door of a shop, making it hard for legitimate customers to enter, disrupting trade.

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Fax

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List of practical joke topics

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