5 Types of DDoS Attacks to Defend Against in 2016

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The last form of attack has the most obvious pay off for hackers: cold hard cash (or at least cold hard cryptocurrency). For companies involved in e-commerce, stock trading, customer service and basically any form of business requiring access to a website or portal, extended network downtime is not an option.

Depending on the resources of attackers, sophisticated DDoS attacks on improperly secured networks can be extended for days, costing companies thousands and even millions of dollars in lost business. Attackers know this and prey on businesses looking to cut their losses and pay their way out of the situation. The good news is these attacks are easy to categorize since they come in conjunction with a communication demanding a ransom. The bad news is the price tag (usually requested in Bitcoin) is at the complete discretion of the attacks, and as more companies pay up, the demands are only bound to increase.

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.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
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