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Denial of Service or Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

You've probably heard of Denial of Service (DOS) or Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. This type of attack sends many requests to a web page IP address, all at the same time, over a long period of time, in an effort to “clog up” the network bandwidth and render the site unusable by the public. The most common method of a DDoS attack involves saturating the target server with external communication requests that are programmatically or automatically sent, so much so that the web page cannot respond to legitimate traffic, or the page responds so slowly as to be rendered essentially unavailable. If an attack is pointed at a web page where users log into a particular service, the service is rendered unusable during a DOS or DDoS attack.

You can read more about these attacks here

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