New Type of DDoS Attackers Reinvigorating Web’s Oldest Nemesis

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A new type of attacker is reinvigorating the web’s oldest nemesis.

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks focused on taking down websites by overwhelming their domains using specified application infrastructure with immense traffic flow are consistently posing major challenges to a wide variety of businesses.

When a company is knocked offline, their revenue is impacted and their basic company functions and customer support is also negatively affected. Furthermore, the malicious executors of the attacks are polishing their approaches so they can become even better at it.

In the 2018 threat landscape of the DDoS, numerous new themes are surfacing. These include a notable shift in the tactics used in an attempt to attain new heights in their volumetric campaigns. These attacks all but depend on a steep wall of huge amounts of “packet traffic” in order to overthrow a website’s capacity and cause it to be thrown offline.

However, although the conventional opportunistic power attacks are still at large, a new threat has surfaced. These new-and-improved DDoS menaces are more complex and micro-targeted assaults. They target a particular application instead of an entire website.

These new types of DDoS attacks are growing rapidly, as are the “low and slow” furtive offensives. Simultaneously, bot herders are attempting to expand their mainly IoT-based botnet designs any way they possibly can, in an attempt to accommodate demand from the DDoS-as-a-service offerings that are causing floods of new partakers in the DDoS industry. The new participants compete for the available attack resources, causing a demand that “unlawfuls” are extremely glad to fulfill.

Nexusguard product director, Donny Chong stated, “Attacks are getting larger, longer and more complex, as [tools utilized to perform the attacks] are becoming more available. DDoS used to be a special occurrence, but now its really a commonplace thing—and the landscape is moving quickly.”

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