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Distributed Denial of Service, or DDoS, has been around since the late 1990s, but hit in a big way in Feb. 2000 when sustained attacks took down several large Web sites including Yahoo and Amazon. Since then, the techniques for DDoS have evolved to leverage different attack motivations, as well as to bypass protection measures put in place to stop these attacks. In this presentation, the history of DDoS and why it is still so prevalent today will be examined. Topics focus on attacker motivation, various threat vectors and new tools being used – and why you need to be updating your mitigation measures at the same pace.