There’s a metaphor about the fight between attackers and defenders in the Denial of Service cybersecurity game. It’s an “arms race” between ever bigger attacks throwing huge amounts of traffic at ever more sophisticated defenses (e.g. AWS shield).
Incidentally, I’ve just demonstrated an easy mistake: I’m not describing a Denial of Service (DoS) attack, it’s a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. The aim is to overwhelm the infrastructure, either the networking infrastructure or the application by sending more requests than can be handled.