What is DDOS?
DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service, which is a type of cyber-attack in which an attacker floods a targeted website or network with a large volume of traffic or requests from multiple sources, overwhelming its resources and making it inaccessible to legitimate users.
The attack is called "distributed" because it involves the use of multiple compromised devices, often called "bots" or "zombies," which are typically part of a larger network of infected computers known as a "botnet." These devices are usually controlled remotely by the attacker, who uses them to generate a massive amount of traffic or requests to the targeted website or network.
The purpose of a DDoS attack is to disrupt the normal operation of the targeted system, causing inconvenience, financial loss, or even physical damage in some cases. DDoS attacks are commonly used by cybercriminals, hacktivists, and nation-state actors to achieve various malicious objectives, such as extortion, revenge, political protest, or espionage.