A distributed denial of service attack may sound like hacker talk, but there's a simple explanation behind it.

Secure messaging app Telegram said it had to endure one Wednesday, and it gave an explanation that almost anyone could understand.

Telegram tweeted Wednesday morning that it was dealing with a DDoS attack.

The app was down for many users across the globe, according to DownDetector.

The downtime period was just a little over an hour, and while it was going on, Telegram explained how a DDoS attack works.

A DDoS is a “Distributed Denial of Service attack”: your servers get GADZILLIONS of garbage requests which stop them from processing legitimate requests.

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