The different types of DDoS attacks

A DDoS attack is nothing more than a distributed denial of service attack. It is an action that makes an online service unavailable by bombarding it with traffic from multiple sources. However, this type of attack does not give the attacker access to your data. It is impossible to avoid a DDoS attack, but it is possible to arm yourself to minimize the consequences. To better understand how to stop a DDoS attack, you first need to know the different types of DDoS attacks. DDoS attacks are generally divided into three broad categories, depending on their target.

Volumetric attacks

This type of DDoS attack is, as the name suggests, volume-based. These volume-based DDoS attacks also known as "floods" can be countered by KoDDoS Protection. This is the simplest form of DDoS attack and is also the definition of a DDoS attack. The goal of these attacks is to overwhelm the network infrastructure and servers with flooding attacks. These attacks are designed to consume bandwidth within the target network or service, or between the target network or service and the rest of the Internet.

Stateful Depletion Attacks 

This type of DDoS attack sends waves of bots targeting specific protocols. They attempt to exploit link state tables in many infrastructure elements such as load balancers, firewalls and application servers. These attacks can even destroy high-performance devices capable of maintaining the state of millions of connections.

Application Attacks 

These attacks, which are considered the most severe and sophisticated DDoS attacks, target web applications and exploit their vulnerabilities. Application attacks, also known as "Level 7 attacks," work in a similar manner, but require much less force, as they target vulnerabilities in the target server. These vulnerabilities require much less network traffic to hijack processes and protocols, making the attack more difficult to detect due to the small amount of seemingly legitimate traffic.