flood attack

Definition

Electronics

  • A denial-of-service attack in which numerous synchronization packets are maliciously sent to a host or server, which responds to said packets, but which then does not receive the final confirmation from the requesting node. While the host or server waits and eventually times out, legitimate connections desired by other users may not be granted, and enough unanswered requests may lead to an overload or crash. Also called SYN flood.
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