“DDoS attack” is a pretty common term in the world of cybersecurity. It’s a term that is heard often in the news because when these attacks do occur they usually cause quite a big scene. Just recently in February of 2020 Amazon defended against the largest DDoS attack so far in history. But what exactly are DDoS attacks?
The two longest DDoS attacks in 2020 lasted over 245 hours – that over 10 days! (Kaspersky Lab)
What are they?
DDoS stands for “distributed denial-of-service” meaning at the end of the day the goal of these attacks are to put a stop to your business operations. These attacks can be dangerous as they can bring down entire websites in seconds resulting in hours or days of downtime! As previously mentioned the point of DDoS attacks are to focus on online services and shut them down via overloading their servers. This can be done by sending large amounts of data requests to a website. This overload of traffic ultimately will cause your website to crash and become virtually unusable.
How do they work?
DDoS attacks send thousands of data requests and connections requests to a website at one time with the intention of overloading them. Cybercriminals can either use these to deny a service to people are use the attack as a smoke screen to divert your attention away from more dangerous malware you may be ignoring. Cybercriminals will use a system of hacked computers known as “botnets” in order to flood these servers with requests. These botnets consists of a large group of hacked computers that can be manipulated and used for nefarious purposes. Interestingly these cybercriminals can obtain these botnets using the dark web. Often times more experienced hackers may rent out their botnets to others to use for their own purposes. This means that on the dark web hackers can buy their own DDoS attacks whenever they desire.
Have you been DDoS’d?
It is somewhat hard to determine whether or not you’ve been attacked as the effects of a DDoS attack can look like a variety of things. Some hints that you may have been attacked include:
- Internet Connectivity Issues
- Long term website loading issues
- Slow internet speed
There are a few ways you can attempt to protect yourself from DDoS attacks.
It is important to always monitor your website activity closely. Is your website slow to load? Are you having trouble even accessing it? This could potentially mean you’ve been targeted in a DDoS attack.
Additionally it also important to protect you website with a firewall that can stop unwanted traffic. And finally make sure you that if your website does go down you are backed up with a disaster recovery plan to minimize downtime.
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