The Not-So-New DDoS Threat

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DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) or rather DoS (Denial of Service) attacks have been around for a little over 10 years now, scarring business, political and entertainment online presence. Following some famous dilapidation “accomplishments”, starting in 2010, and going strong in 2012, “ddos-ing” is becoming more and more the preferred tool of ruin in modern online warfare.

Be it the competition, a blackmailer or just a bored wanna-be-a-real-hacker student, “hacktivists” or just criminals from all countries who have united to bring down government sites, copyright advocates, prominent players, and all others that managed to somehow annoy them.

What happened in 2010 and 2011? Gradually, the DDoS “market” revealed incredible opportunities to the DDoS-prone mind. Botnet and hack tool costs dropped radically, making attacking cheaper and more accessible than ever to virtually anyone.

One doesn’t need to be a hacking genius any more to bring the average web server down. Spending an evening in the forums and having $ 50-100/day to burn, are the prerequisites for successful interruption of almost any site.

2011 showed “big fish” are no longer the prime targets for “ddos-ing”. The “smaller fish” started attacking each other at a scale that is, mildly put, alarming. Online vendors, business entrepreneurs, of all sizes lost income and face due to DDoS attacks.

Unexpected, innocent sites fell prey, ranging from online easy-listening radio stations, chat-rooms, opinion forums, gaming community service providers and even religious advocates.

Sadly, in the year 2012, it is imperative that one finds a good DDoS protection solution. Sometimes acquiring the necessary hardware is enough, however it’s not always feasible, nor fully effective. One should consider the proxy-shield mitigation services as they can provide for most needs.

DDoS mitigation service should be reliable, trustworthy and on a par with what the attackers are prepared to hit you with. Consider what you stand to lose, compare that to what the protection costs, look for a transparent, easy to understand and measure protection produced by the experts in this field.


About the Author: Josh Ripkin spent over 10 years in government security service where he learnt the ropes of dealing with external threat. For the last 5 years, he’s been working with the engineers at Vistnet, dispersing knowledge and designing DDoS Protection Solutions.

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