A denial of service attack is different from a regular service outage because it’s been consciously and purposefully caused by a hacker or criminal.

Hackers and criminals will levy denial of service attacks for three main reasons: Denial of service attacks can make money as part of an extortion scheme.

Since botnets can be made up of hundreds of thousands or even millions of zombie computers, they’re capable of inundating even the most robust and well-defended site with network traffic.

The hacking group “Anonymous” is well-known for targeting and taking down sites associated with companies or governments whose activity or philosophy they object to.

These attacks tend to be relatively short-lived; their goal is to get notoriety for their cause with the service outage.

Hackers and criminals have the ability to bring critical websites to a halt with these attacks.

While not a directed denial of service attack, the Blaster and Sasser worms nearly crashed the Internet and show what large-scale concerted attacks could achieve.

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