A type of denial of service attack in which the perpetrator sends a ping request to a receiving site. That ping packet specifies that it be broadcast to a number of hosts within the receiving site's local network. The packet also indicates that the request is from another site, the target site that is to receive the denial of service. The result will be lots of ping replies flooding back to the innocent, spoofed host. If the flood is great enough, the spoofed host will no longer be able to receive or distinguish real traffic.

See also: buffer overflow attack, SYN attack, teardrop attack