DDoS Attacks on the Rise in 2016

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

Distributed denial-of-service, or DDoS, attacks are an insidious form of cyber threat that employ users' own computers against both themselves and others, often without knowledge that an attack is even under way. By using what are essentially bot armies, and with the sophistication of this type of technology being deployed on the rise, DDoS attacks are becoming more difficult to identify and respond to. With the use of multiple pathways deployed in a common DDoS attack, tracing the source of the attack is a complicated process, which is the main idea behind the DDoS format in the first place. Using cyber threat intelligence, however, can level the playing field. With familiarity to frequent attack types, better security can be put in place to stop a DDoS virus at the gates.

Cyber Threat Intelligence | DDoS Attacks on the Rise in 2016

The frequency of DDoS attacks has multiplied by 125% over the course of the first quarter of 2016, according to a report released by Akamai. One of the reasons for this increase is the relative ease in which an attack can be launched: by hitting multiple servers with a flood of ingrained attack code, combined with the high probability of hitting systems of  novice computer users, the likelihood of a successful DDoS is high. With the inability to easily trace to origin of the attack, as noted above, it is clear why this is becoming a preferred method to attack businesses and personal servers alike.

Finally, purchasing a DDoS attack has become increasingly easy and commonplace. Market hourly rates for attacks that create long-term damage can be had for as little as five to 10 dollars an hour, and many black-hat groups will offer packages that can spread over weeks.

There are, however, a few simple steps you can take to becoming more secure from a DDoS attack:

  • Install and maintain antivirus software: As systems become more adapted to common attacks, simply staying up-to-date is half of the battle. An outdated computer is a vulnerable one.
  • Install a firewall: Firewalls are useful for many things, but one of the biggest, in respect to DDoS attacks, is the ability to configure and restrict traffic coming into and out of your computer.
  • Distribute your email address with care: DDoS spreads commonly through loose and easily available email addresses. Also, maintaining an email software platform that restricts unwarranted and uncertified email can go a long way.

These are but a few tactics that can be employed in an ongoing struggle with DDoS attacks. With more information and greater reorganization, businesses will continue to improve in cyber threat intelligence. These improvements could see a more secure future.

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