A Denial-of-Service attack (DoS) is when someone tries to stop someone else from viewing parts of the internet. People who have slower internet connections, such as dial-up, are affected more by attacks.
There are different kinds of DoS attacks:
- Flood attack - This is when a system gets too much internet traffic (people trying to connect to it). The traffic uses bandwidth and the internet servers slow down and eventually stop.
- Logic and software attacks - Internet packets are sent that are supposed to use bugs in the software or system. These attacks are easier to defend against because firewall or software patches usually correct the problem.
- Distributed Denial-of-Service attack - This type of attack uses either flood attacks or logic attacks, but it uses many different computers under the attacker's control (see Botnet). This type of attack is one of the most often used, and usually against company websites. This type of attack is often the hardest to prevent, track, and stop.
- US-CERT Tip ST04-015 - Understanding Denial-of-Service Attacks Archived 16 July 2007 at WebCite
- http://anml.iu.edu/ddos/types.html[dead link]