DDoS attacks: Definition, examples, and techniques

May 17, 2024


Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have been part of the criminal toolbox for over twenty years, and they’re only growing more prevalent and stronger.

What is a DDoS attack?

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is when an attacker, or attackers, attempt to make it impossible for a service to be delivered. This could be sending a web server so many requests to serve a page that it crashes under the demand, or it could be a database being hit with a high volume of queries. The result is that available internet bandwidth, CPU and RAM capacity becomes overwhelmed.

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