DDoS Attack

Cyber Security

What is DDoS?

Definition:

A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) aims to overwhelm the devices, servers, and networks of its intended target with fake internet traffic, rendering them inaccessible to or useless for legitimate users. It is a type of cyber attack.

Analogy:

A DDoS attack is like an unexpected traffic jam clogging up the highway, preventing regular traffic from arriving at its destination.

Imagine you are driving down a road that is one-way and has no cross-roads.

All of the sudden, a line of trucks starts driving across the road, blocking you from moving forward. Maybe every so often, a car can squeeze through between the trucks, but by in large, all of the traffic is getting held up by this unexpected traffic that shouldn't be there.

Nobody could have planned accordingly to take a different route because that line of trucks is not supposed to be there.

In other words:

A DDoS attack is a cyber-attack that blocks and overwhelms a website with fake users, preventing real users from accessing the site.

Pre-Product Score

1

If you don't have a product, you have nothing to worry about. You can't get attacked if you have nothing to attack in the first place!

Live-Product Score

6

It is important to understand this concept so you know how to protect against it. The common way people will protect against DDoS attacks is through services like Cloudflare, so talk to your development team to ensure you're protecting yourself from a potential threat.

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