5 Types of DDoS Attacks to Defend Against in 2016

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The least sophisticated form of DDoS is the hit-and-run attack. These come in a wide variety, targeting gaming services, consumer websites and various other high-visibility targets. These attacks aren't typically very strategic and are commonly executed by hackers causing chaos for attention or young cyber criminals testing their chops.

Considering these attacks are typically the least organized, and pulled off by the least technical individuals, they are the easiest to prevent. Unskilled troublemakers typically will use a paid service to pull off the attacks, making it costly to sustain long-term. By optimizing your network configuration, and utilizing technology with robust load balancing capabilities, the risks posed by these attacks are greatly minimized.  

This category of attacks serves as a grab-all for incidents that don't fit into the more defined versions of a DDoS attack. As they are often poorly organized attacks on random companies, it is difficult to pin down specific warning signs. If you are a high-profile company that would make for good headlines, you can assume you've been the target of this sort of incident.

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks continue to be one of the most prevalent methods hackers use to disrupt businesses. Involving the use of multiple systems (personal computers, smartphones, etc.), DDoS attacks overload an organization's network by generating web traffic that can't be accommodated by the system's capacity limits.

Unlike with other forms of cyber attacks, DDoS attackers run the gamut in terms of their technical prowess. With DDoS services available for purchase online, even the least tech-savvy teenager with a credit card is capable of taking down company web assets for hours and even days.

Due to the diversity amongst those carrying out DDoS attacks, ranging from high-school kids to state-sponsored hackers, the purpose behind separate incidents can vary significantly. For example, while an experienced cyber criminal may use a DDoS attack for diversionary purposes, a disgruntled employee may carry out an attack just for the sake of causing chaos. In this slideshow, A10 Networks has mapped out some of the most common motives for these attacks and describes the tell-tale signs.


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