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This evening there are reports that Number 10 and Home Office website was hacked and it raises questions about the websites security. The websites were not hacked, they were taken offline due to a DDoS attack. DDoS is often a give up attack if the website cannot be penetrated and protecting from DDoS is a tough one. DDoS simply involves sending tens of thousands of visitors to the website thus stopping genuine traffic. Think of it as sending 500 into a Tesco Metro, no one genuine could get in.

DDoS is typically a botnet of tens of thousands of computers. Either they are infected maliciously or the owner installed a small software app. All computers are controlled centrally or each computer relays to the next to slow down or stop tracking. Due to all the traffic it is hard to determine what is genuine and what is not.