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Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)

What is Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)?

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is a type of cyberattack where multiple compromised devices are used to flood a system, service, or network with a large volume of traffic. The objective of a DDoS attack is to overflow the target resource, causing a disruption in functionality and sometimes temporarily or completely bringing the service down.

Mitigating DDoS attacks is challenging due to the varied nature of the source. DDoS mitigation services are often utilized by organizations such as specialized hardware, software solutions to detect and filter out malicious traffic and only allowing legitimate traffic to reach the target. CDNs can also help distribute the traffic and absorb the impact of DDoS attacks.

DDoS attacks are typically carried out for various reasons, including financial gain, ideological motives, revenge, or to simply cause a disruption. As technology evolves, attackers use increasingly sophisticated methods forcing organizations to stay vigilant and implement strong security measures.

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