Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attack

DDoS stands for “Distributed Denial of Service.” It’s a type of cyberattack where multiple compromised computers are used to flood a target system, network, or website with an overwhelming volume of traffic, causing it to become unavailable to legitimate users. DDoS attacks can disrupt online services, leading to downtime, financial losses, and other negative consequences. It differs from a DoS attack in that it involves multiple computers.

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In a DDoS attack, imagine a group of malicious actors using a large number of compromised computers (a botnet) to simultaneously flood a popular social media platform with an enormous amount of fake traffic. The platform’s servers become overwhelmed, causing it to slow down or even go offline temporarily. As a result, users can’t access the platform, and this disruption can lead to user frustration and potential revenue loss for the company. DDoS attacks are a serious threat to online services, and robust defense measures are necessary to mitigate their impact.