We don't yet know who was being targeted by this epic-level assault,
but we do know that even the experts tasked with defending the victim
had a rough go of it, and that these attacks are growing in both
intensity and frequency.
A DDoS attack is the the concentrated
funneling of Internet traffic by a hacker against a particular website
or server. In a successful attack, there's so much traffic on the site
that its server(s) simply cannot cope and crashes under the strain of
the data. Think of it like a massive online magnifying glass that burns
unsuspecting servers like so many ants.
Back in 2011, these attacks made headlines when Sony's PlayStation Network went down, giving hackers access to millions of users' personal data.
When Annonymous attacked Visa, Mastercard and Paypal, the attack was
dubbed the beginning of "cyber rioting".
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