DoS vs DDoS

In this section, we will discuss the differences between DoS (Denial of Service) and DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, two common network-based attacks that can severely impact the availability and performance of targeted systems.

DoS (Denial of Service) Attack

A DoS attack is a type of cyber attack where an attacker aims to make a computer or network resource unavailable to its intended users by overwhelming the target system with requests, it essentially becomes inaccessible due to server overloading.

Some common methods employed in DoS attacks include:

DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) Attack

A DDoS attack is similar to a DoS attack in its intent, but it utilizes multiple computers or devices (usually compromised by malware) to launch the attack. These devices, collectively called a “botnet”, send an overwhelming amount of requests to the target system, making it even harder to mitigate the attack and protect the resources.

Some common methods employed in DDoS attacks include:

Key Differences

In conclusion, both DoS and DDoS attacks aim to disrupt the availability of a target system by overwhelming its resources. However, their key differences lie in the scale and complexity of the attack, with DDoS attacks being more powerful and more challenging to defend against. It is crucial for organizations to implement robust security measures to detect and mitigate these attacks to maintain the availability and integrity of their systems.