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Bonk attack , a variant of the teardrop attack, is a type of denial of service(DoS) attack. The Bonk 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 Bonk attack causes the target machine to reassemble a packet that is much too big to be reassembled. This causes the target computer to crash. A simple reboot is usually sufficient to recover from this attack. It is possible that unsaved data in applications open at the time of attack will be lost.