distributed denial of service

noun phrase

Definition of distributed denial of service

: an attempt to interfere with the normal operations of an online service (such as a website or app) by overwhelming it with repeated automated requests for data from multiple sources Although computer viruses, worms and other so-called malware can be countered with good security practices and up-to-date defensive software, distributed denial of service attacks are hard to protect against.— John Schwartz A new distributed denial-of-service tool found recently in computers at several universities may be able to avoid defenses put up by Web sites …— Jack McCarthy abbreviation DDoS

First Known Use of distributed denial of service

1998, in the meaning defined above

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“Distributed denial of service.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/distributed%20denial%20of%20service. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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