Flooding is a Denial of Service
(DoS) attack that is designed to bring a network
or service down by flooding it with large amounts of traffic
. Flood attacks occur when a network or service becomes so weighed down with packets
initiating incomplete connection requests that it can no longer process genuine connection requests. By flooding a server
with connections that cannot be completed, the flood attack eventually fills the host s memory buffer
. Once this buffer is full no further connections can be made, and the result is a Denial of Service.
See also DoS Attack.