What is DoS?

DoS stands for Denial of Service. It’s a type of attack in which a website or network is overwhelmed with automated server requests, causing a shutdown of service to legitimate visitors.

How does DoS work?

If you picture internet traffic to be like real-world automobile traffic, then a DoS attack is a way to purposefully cause a traffic jam.

The biggest DoS attacks are actually DDoS attacks, which stands for Distributed Denial of Service. In this attack, the automated server requests are often sent from a botnet, or zombie computers infected with malware. The botnet attacks are “distributed” over thousands of computers around the world, wreaking havoc on the target servers when activated.

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