DDoS attacks explained

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By Robin Dishon, Senior Writer, ESET

Friday’s massive DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks on major providers of the internet backbone caused massive interruptions for millions of users and prevented access to dozens of popular websites. Although the issues have been fixed, the incident underscores the need to be prepared.

DDoS attacks such as this take advantage of unprotected computers to create “botnets.” Botnets are collections of millions of infected computers that are used maliciously for attacks. Here's what that looks like:

Infographic showing what a botnet is and how it works

Because unprotected computers can be used to create botnets, you can help prevent future DDoS attacks—by ensuring your own computers and devices have effective internet security installed.

ESET security solutions use advanced heuristics and analysis for effective botnet protection, blocking programs that may try to take over your computers as well as detecting and destroying other threats.

Learn more about how you can become part of the botnet solution and enjoy safer technology 24/7.