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DDoS Attack: Explained

Denial of Service Attack

Denial of Service Attack (Photo credit: kryptyk)

I try to explain what terms and acronyms mean as a way to educate our readers. In that light, Zen Technologies has written a guest article on one such term they know a lot about: DDoS attacks.

What is a DDoS attack?

DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service. As the name suggests, a DDoS is typically launched from a distributed network of computers, and may be coordinated by one computer. By overloading the target computer or network with requests to access some part of it, the computers carrying out a DDoS may be able to overwhelm the target system. As a result, Continue reading

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Know What An Internet (Web) Bot Is?…A Botnet?

Internet Security at sign and key

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According to Wikipedia, Internet bots also known as Web robots or simply bots are software applications that run automated tasks over the Internet. A botnet is a jargon term for a collection of software agents, or robots, that run autonomously and automatically. However, these sterile definitions don’t do justice to the importance of these players who’re populating our Internet.

Bots can play a positive role by being used as the web spiders that traverse the websites all over the Internet to collect and analyze information for the major search engines. However, they are used for malicious purposes to a much greater extent. Continue reading

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