Prolexic Launches New Online DoS and DDoS Attack Glossary

PLXsert defines hacker jargon to aid businesses.

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Prolexic Technologies, a distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection services company, has added an extensive glossary of DoS and DDoS terms to its online Knowledge Center, explaining the tools and methods hackers use to target organizations.

The Glossary of Terms defines more than 60 common acronyms and technical terms used to describe DDoS attacks. Such attacks increased 10 percent in Q2 2012, according to the Prolexic Security Engineering and Response Team (PLXsert). Armed with this new resource, at-risk businesses can now decipher industry jargon to better understand the nature of a potential denial of service threat.

"When faced with a DDoS attack, confusion can quickly set in, especially when an organization's key IT personnel are unavailable," said Stuart Scholly, Prolexic's president. "Decision makers typically aren't familiar with these terms, but have to act fast. This glossary provides one more tool to help them promptly assess the situation and take appropriate action to mitigate any damage."

Prolexic will update the Glossary of Terms frequently to keep pace with emerging threats and trends. The Glossary is available to the public free of charge at and does not require registration.