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Boink attack, a modified version of the bonk attack, is a type of denial of service(DoS) attack. Boink attack allows UDP port ranges. The Boink attack manipulates a field in TCP/IP packets, called a fragment offset. This field tells a computer how to reconstruct a packet that was broken up (fragmented) because it was too big to transmit in a whole piece. By manipulating this number, the Boink attack causes the target machine to reassemble a packet that is much too big to be reassembled. This causes the target computer to crash. This attack has not been shown to cause any significant damage to systems, and a simple reboot is the preferred remedy. The primary problem with this is a loss of data if there is unsaved data in open applications at the time that the machine is attacked.