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DDOS (plural DDOSes)

  1. (Internet) A distributed denial-of-service attack, one that originates from many different (geographically and network topographically) sources, on a network of networks such as the Internet.


DDOS (third-person singular simple present DDOSes, present participle DDOSing, simple past and past participle DDOSed)

  1. To attack by DDOS.
    • 2002, James F. Dunnigan, The Next War Zone: Confronting the Global Threat of Cyberterrorism, Citadel Press, →ISBN, page 209:
      With this approach, the noncritical traffic could be DDOSed to death, but the important stuff would still move.
    • 2017, Zeynep Tufekci, “Epilogue: The Uncertain Climb”, in Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest, New Haven, Conn., London: Yale University Press, →ISBN, page 274:
      It’s as if the networked public sphere, and indeed traditional institutions of democracy, can be DDOSed via releasing large numbers of flares, each attracting and consuming attention, thus making focus and sustained conversation impossible.
    • 2018, Charles Arthur, “The internet of hacked things: Mirai”, in Cyber Wars: Hacks that Shocked the Business World, Kogan Page, →ISBN, page 186:
      Being offline would be expensive for a server owner if, say, they were DDOSed by a botnet. If you controlled a botnet and threatened to DDOS them, you could make some money.