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Your Financial Network is a Bullseye to Hazardous and Unpredictable DDOS Attacks.

Mon, Oct. 09, 2017 Posted: 02:09 AM


With the advent of continuously evolving technology, it has become possible for troublemakers to create hazards for online businesses. DDOS attacks are one of the hazards, the worst nightmare of every webmaster. In a DDOS- Distributed Denial of Service attack a system of dedicated computers attacks web servers and make them unresponsive and virtually unavailable for real uses. The servers get saturated with responses and cannot interact with networks from which real users seek access to the websites. DDOS attacks flood websites with a large number of sudden incoming connections requests and messages that consume the entire traffic and the speed limit of the servers. This crashes websites and makes them unavailable for legitimate users.
Not all webmasters are aware about the possibilities of these attacks but they can affect anyone anytime. Year 2016 showed the prominence of DDOS attacks as many organized attacks were reported during the year. Some of the online properties and organizations associated with Rio Olympics 2016 faced several months long DDOS attacks which affected their operations to a greater extent. If big organizations can be targeted for these attacks, small companies and enterprises are a very easy prey for the troublemakers. New DDOS protection technologies are being developed to prevent such attacks.

What makes you susceptible to DDOS?

You are more susceptible to DDoS attacks if you are into competitive market space. These attacks are carried out by various “want to be” smart culprits ranging from mischievous students to expert criminal hackers and government agencies. In many cases, servers and websites attract these attacks because of their very own vulnerabilities. Missing patches, poor coding or poor stability of the systems can prove to be responsible for such attacks. More the vulnerabilities a property has more are the chances of the attacks.

How DDoS attacks work for the worst?

DDOS attacks are more of an organized crime. The attackers begin by finding the vulnerabilities in your system or the servers. Once a vulnerability is identified, the attackers exploit it for the worst. The attacking system gains control of the target and hits it with sudden high connections that hang the server. The offenders can use a variety of ways to administer an attack depending upon the weaknesses of the system. Most commonly a DDoS works under the control of an intruder is known as a zombie, or bot. The botnets bombard a targeted system with traffic until it no longer responds to legitimate users. Overloading a server with connections prevents it from being able to accept any new ones. Thus, the property faces stagnation and becomes useless. On 1st April 2016, an unidentified global attack was administered to shatter Donald Trump’s campaign websites. It was aimed to pull down his hotel chain and importantly his presidential campaign.

Why are they called Distributed Denial of Service Attacks?

The attack is administered and regulated through multiple machines instead of a single machine. This is the difference between DOS and DDOS attacks. The system deploys different bots instead of one. It is literally distributed and more the number of bots more powerful the attack is. Since a single source of the attack cannot be identified, naturally DDOS attacks are more hazardous and difficult to control compared to DOS attacks.

Internet of things devices are being used for DDOS attacks!

Prior to the latest advancements in the web attacking methods DDOS attacks were limited to computers and the machines having internet connectivity with an appreciable level of protection. As the Internet of Things developed it exposed a large number of devices to potentially harmful attacks. They include printers, cameras, fridges, thermostats, sensors and routers etc. First thing is that there are a large number of such devices and gadgets and secondly, they have very poor or no security. Therefore, it is easy for trouble makers to target such systems and launch large-scale attacks with the help of such systems.

What are the effects of DDOS attacks?

The goal of such attacks is to disable websites and organizations, freeze their operations and push them out or service. The motive is to make them suffer maximum downtime so that it affects their commercial affairs. That is the reason any company which operates online services suffers if its servers are targeted or breached with DDOS attacks. Potential and existing custom could be lost when people are unable to access a site to browse or make a purchase. But in more serious circumstances, confidential data could also get affected and it may end up in wrong hands.

It is possible to prevent DDOS attacks

Since Distributed Denial of Service attacks rely on malware or a specially designed virus like Trojan, installing a good anti-virus or anti-malware on all your systems is the first step towards protection. They also need to be kept rigorously updated so that they can fight improved versions of botnets. DDOS protection is the best way to prevent great website and commercial losses. If you are a big company having an enterprise level DDOS protection can save you from these hazardous attacks.

Conclusion:

No doubt technology is improving, but it is also empowering troublemakers to find your vulnerabilities and target them. You can save your business websites and servers by leveraging the power of reliable DDOS protection solutions. Nevertheless, prevention is obvious but we need to think of the losses such attacks bring to us and the way they affect financially.

Addie Davison