Throwback Thursday: What DDoS it all Mean?

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Nov 12, 2015

This Throwback Thursday, we turn the clock back to March 2000, when DDoS attacks were a newly emerging menace.

Today, DDoS attacks are a well-known form of cyber abuse — indeed, even this week, Swiss encrypted webmail provider ProtonMail has been the target of a sustained DDoS attack.

In early 2000, however, DDoS attacks were far from common (even though the concept had been around for some time), so when, in February 2000, some of the Internet's largest websites including CNN, MSN, Yahoo and others were disrupted by DDoS attacks, the media went into overdrive with the story, describing 'cyber-attacks batter[ing] web heavyweights'.

In March 2000, to bring some clarity to the issue, VB ran a tutorial piece on the latest attack phenomenon, in which former editor of Virus Bulletin Nick FitzGerald asked "what are DDoS attacks? How might they affect you and what should you do to avoid them?"

The tutorial can be read here in HTML-format, or downloaded here as a PDF.

Posted on 12 November 2015 by Helen Martin



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