DoS vs. DDoS

You may have heard of a DoS or DDoS attack and you may be wondering what it is or what the difference is. First, DDoS and DoS attacks are illegal in the US under 12 statures; this article is only for information purposes. A DoS attack is an attack where 1 computer floods a server with so many requests the server fails to respond to legitimate requests. This can be done through huge pings or unnecessary requests. A DDoS is the same attack but with multiple computers. When thousands of computers attack a single server they can bring it down. This is most often done by a hacker who has control of many other computers; typically through a botnet. This is illegal in most counties around the world.

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