In just over a decade, DDoS attacks have evolved tremendously. Back in the mid-90s, DDoS was mainly used to focus traffic towards a single site, debilitating it. Over time, DDoS attacks have matured into the tools of choice for Hacktivists. Today, DDoS attacks are far more complex than there were in the 1990s and they continue plague major online properties all over the world, most recently government sites and major financial institutions. The timeline below (and this video) lays out the past decade+ of DDoS attacks – and how they have evolved from simple attacks that were considered a nuisance to highly complex problem that has become a menace for network operators around the world.