Glossary of Internet and technology terms


Definition: A denial of service (DoS) attack floods a network with an overwhelming amount of traffic, slowing its response time for legitimate traffic or grinding it to a halt completely. The more common attacks use built-in “features” of the TCP/IP protocol to create exponential amounts of network traffic.

Also Known As: denial-of-service, distributed denial-of-service, DDoS

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