Warning! DDOS attacks are a growing threat
How can you protect yourself against new DDOS attacks? Basefarm’s Senior Vice President of Quality and Security, Esten Hoel, gives us an answer.
Distributed Denial of Service (DOS) attacks are one of the most serious threats to companies and organizations today. They are bigger, more common and more sophisticated than ever before. Companies need to consider these new risks now, rather than when they’ve already been affected by them.
DDOS has a history of being one of the most popular tools for cybercriminals and hackers. During the past couple of decades, the tool has grown and developed into something quite sophisticated. Due to this new level of sophistication, attackers are able to attain a higher capacity at a lower cost, meaning they can afford to make their attacks bigger. Although different sources report various growth numbers, we can expect to see a 20-30% rise in attacks this year, in comparison to last year.
Hackers, or hacktivists as they’re sometimes called, use DDOS as their preferred weapon of choice. Now, however, even criminals are using the tool for extortion of victims. While under attack, it’s easy to feel desperate, but you should never pay an attacker. It just makes them see you as a resource, triggering them to do the same again. Repeated attacks against the same target are the norm.
DDOS is just one of many cyber-attacks that companies need to be aware of and prepare against. However, this is often easier said than done since DDOS is often used in combination with other attacks. An example of this is the Carphone Warehouse attack, where they were subjected to something they thought was a DDOS. While the security department was busy mending the suspected breach, the criminals could break into their systems and steal personal banking data from 2.3 million customers.