denial-of-service attack

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denial-of-service attack

n. Computers
A malicious attack on a network resource that prevents legitimate users from accessing the resource, typically implemented by initiating an overwhelming number of spurious requests for service. Also called DoS attack.
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Since the first Morris worm in 1998, new worms have come into networks frequently, including Slammer worm [1], Commwarrior worm [2], Cabir worm [3], and Chameleon worm [4].
Since the invention of Morris worm [11], which gained huge media attention during that time, fighting worms has become an open research area for experts to dig in.
The history of DDoS attack events is full of "legendary" stories, with the first DDoS attack dating back to 1988 when Robert Morris wrote a self-replicating computer pro-gram (the Morris worm) which had a major impact on the Internet.
But in November 1988 remote breaching was unheard of, at least until the Morris worm was unleashed.