What is a Denial of Service (DoS) Attack? - Definition, Types & Examples


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Which of these options properly defines both a DoS and a DDoS attack?

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1. Which type of computer attack is considered a distributed attack?

2. Which of these options contains the three basic target categories for a DoS or a DDoS?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use the worksheet and quiz to figure out what you know of the characteristics and types of DoS attacks. Answer quiz questions on things like the definition of a DoS and a DDos attack as well as what type of attack 'distributed' attacks fall under.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use the quiz and worksheet to:

  • Identify that which contains the three basic target categories for a DoS or a DDoS
  • Recognize a primary objective of a DoS or DDoS attack
  • Determine a possible method to prevent a DoS or DDoS

Skills Practiced

Practice the following study skills:

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about 'distributed' attacks in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding a DoS or a DDoS attack and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding methods to prevent DoS or a DDoS

Additional Learning

Find out more about this subject with the lesson named What is a Denial of Service (DoS) Attack? - Definition, Types & Examples. The lesson covers the following:

  • Analyze a Denial of Service attack and its history
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  • Explain a data packet
  • Assess target categories
  • Understand what an attack looks like
  • Determine how to defend from an attack