abbreviation or noun

ˈdē-ˌdäs How to pronounce DDoS (audio)
: distributed denial of service
In the last couple of days they've launched DDoSes on the Web sites of Visa, MasterCard, and various other entities …Farhad Manjoo
a DDoS attack

Examples of DDoS in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web OpenAI later revealed that the November outage was related to a DDoS attack. Tom Warren, The Verge, 4 June 2024 Ultimately, the law is looking to prevent incidents like the Mirai botnet DDoS attack in 2016, which used a short list of 62 common default usernames and passwords to scan for vulnerable devices and ensnared nearly 300,000 devices. Joe Hindy, PCMAG, 30 Apr. 2024 According to Avira, this means that when the VPN is active, your computer won't be roped into being part of a botnet and sent off to DDoS a website or send oodles of spam. PCMAG, 15 Apr. 2024 In February, Cloudflare blocked an application-level DDoS that reached 71 million requests per second. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 13 Oct. 2023 OpenAI was in recent days hit by a DDoS attack that also contributed to a less-than-great experience for some users. David Meyer, Fortune, 15 Nov. 2023 Though the string of recent DDoS attacks on Google, Cloudflare, Microsoft, and Amazon raised the alarm for being so large, the companies were ultimately able to repel the attacks, which didn't cause lasting damage. Lily Hay Newman, WIRED, 13 Oct. 2023 The Jerusalem Post, one of Israel’s top newspapers, went offline Sunday after one group announced its plans to DDoS, and remained offline Monday. Kevin Collier, NBC News, 9 Oct. 2023 To minimize the threat of DDoS attacks, choose a cloud service provider that protects against this type of attack. Kristen Lynch, The Arizona Republic, 8 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

2000, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of DDoS was in 2000

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“DDoS.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/DDoS. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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