What is DDoS?

DDoS

DDoS stands for distributed denial-of-service and is a type of cyber attack in which multiple systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a targeted system.

The idea behind a DDoS attack is to overwhelm systems, usually one of more web servers, in order to crash or suspend services of a host connected to the internet. It is usually likened to a group of people all trying to get through a shop door all at once, with the crowd obstructing the entry of legitimate visitors and thus, disrupting business.

The main advantage of DDoS over DoS, or denial-of-service, is that multiple machines can generate more traffic than one, making it harder for such an attack to be stopped.

How does a DDoS attack start?

Technology Term:

Distributed denial of service

Standard Definition Exists?

The intentional paralysing of a computer network by flooding it with data sent simultaneously from many individual computers.

Accepted Acronym:

DDoS

Year first used/coined:

1997

Attributed to:

Khan C. Smith

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