(also network split)
A netsplit transpires when communication disruptions between servers within an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) network lead to the network fragmenting into two or more distinct networks. As a result of a netsplit, users in a specific segment of the network become disconnected from those in other segments, hindering their ability to communicate. Netsplits are generally temporary, and normal communication resumes once the servers reestablish their connections.
See also: packet capture, cyberattack
Netsplit vs. DDoS attack: While both events can cause communication disruptions, a netsplit is an unintentional event due to technical issues, while a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is a malicious act aimed at overwhelming a server or network with traffic.
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