Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks can cause problems for a lot of people, whether they're the intended victim or not. This video explains how they work and how they can affect you.
The video, hosted by Linus from the Techquickie YouTube channel, sheds some light on the inner workings of DDoS attacks and why they can be such a nuisance. Ever tried to use a web service or go to a web site but it wouldn't load? Even if you didn't know it at the time, you've probably encountered a web site or service experiencing a DDoS attack.
What usually happens is a large network of remote PCs -- also known as a botnet -- get used to send and request so much information it overwhelms it. While it's getting easier for companies to protect against these kinds of interruptions, DDoS attacks are still something we just have to live with for the time being. Fortunately, they usually only cause some minor inconvenience.
DDoS Attacks as Fast As Possible [YouTube]