What is Chernobyl Package?
A Chernobyl packet is a specific type of data packet that causes problems on a network. Like a Christmas tree package, the Chernobyl package is viewed as 'heavy' with data indicators that can overload and overwhelm the network.
Chernobyl packets cause 'broadcast storms' where too much broadcast activity overwhelms parts of the network. In one Broadcast storm a nuisance packet requires many hosts to respond at the same time or cause other things that generate excessive traffic. Network meltdowns and 'thrashing' can also describe the activity that can 'drown' a network. It is the specific indicators of the Chernobyl package that spark the fight. Some sources speak of a packet whose IP addresses are defined as addresses of gated subnets for both the source and the destination.