DDoS Attacks Uncovered
While cybercrime is still on the rise, we take a deeper look at DDoS perpetrators and their malicious attacks that affect average hosting users on the daily basis.
The modern society faces the problem of stopping hactivism and cybercrime. As an effect many of users are blocked out for the daily usage of their website which leads not only to data loss or even a breach but financial losses as well.
Hacks And Traps
DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks might be explained in a few words – a DDoS attack is an attempt to make a machine or network resources unavailable to its intended users.
How does it work? In any case, your server can only respond to a certain number of requests which might be easily faked. That’s what DDoSers tend to do – they generate fake requests, exceed the number of requests that your server can handle and bog it down. And here you go – your server is not available anymore. Neither for you, nor for your clients.
Sometimes, DDoS attacks are used for camouflage, which means hiding other malicious actions. In these cases, the worst scenario that could happen is that while you will be struggling with your DDoS attack, the hacker will be stealing your sensitive data. This might lead to serious data breaches and loss.
Yes, You Are Vulnerable
Compared to the second quarter of 2014, high-bandwidth attacks has jumped 183% and in 2013 about 60% of companies, operating online, were DDoS-attacked at least once. More importantly – 87% were attacked multiple times. These stats show the lack of measures taken against a growing threat and the lack of awareness of possible consequences.
The consequences might be really painful, especially for your online business, when malicious actions stops you from doing business and making profit.
Not only big companies become a target. Even thought it is said that static content is a little easier to protect – individuals with their small websites get affected as well. This would repel your website’s visitors. So how many interesants would you lose during those 17 hours of an average attack?
Also, the issue is very important for those who use hosting for gaming purposes. The biggest mistake done by gamers is ignoring the obvious fact of creating strong passwords. Experts say that hackers are more likely to take advanatge of poorly implemented security and configuration options.
Why, Who And How
Who are those people that are trying to harm your online business and why do they do it at all, right? The motives are controversial. Most of the analysts agree that in most cases the motive itself is related to ideological things. Whether it is to destroy the business of a competitor, harm a certain person, a social movement or online resources – all of those reasons have some kind of motives that keep DDoS on the track.
The most disappointing thing from all is that very few people get caught. So you will get no explanations on why someone attacked you, neither who did it. All you will have is dealing with the consequences and making sure that this won’t happen again.
When You Know – You Better Go
It is never too late to start taking measures. Those who are familiar with IT might not have lots of difficulties to find a way to protect themselves from cybercrime. However if you are building a business based on trust with a certain service provider, it would be better to take some extra steps to increase your security.
There are a few possibilities – to invest in specialized on-premises equipment (which might be pretty expensive) or work with a service provider that can offer you DDoS protected VPS, web or other hosting services.
Host1Plus has recently teamed up with Staminus – an advanced DDoS protection provider, ensuring flawless performance for all customers. This collaboration brings higher security for our Host1Plus customers at the same time as Host1Plus becomes their Internet Service Provider (ISP). Host1Plus gives a priority for DNS amplification attacks that are very hard to trace, because the attacker sends the packet of malicious code from the intended victim’s publically accessible open DNS server to a targeted server with DNS response traffic. As these kinds of DDoS attacks might be handled only by professionals in most of the cases, this kind of protection becomes crucial.
Lastly, it has to be understood that security is not something that you have, it’s something that needs to be handled and taken care of. Any successfull business didn’t went out from the masses without understanding the threats that are lurking out there.