CROWD-PULLING MALICIOUS ACTIVITY distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks continue to plague companies and have spiked in numbers in the past three months, according to security firm and interested party Corero Network Security.
Some poor companies were hit with an average of 4.5 DDoS attacks a day in the past three months, an increase of about a third against the previous quarter.
While the attacks increased, they softened a bit, and Corero said that studies of its customer network found a number of low-bandwidth attacks, under 10Gbps, that lasted for less than 30 minutes. In fact, these attacks accounted for 95 percent of all those during the period.
Corero reckons that these quick fire DDoS attacks have been enabled by the ease of access to cheap, sometimes even free, attack tools that are easy to launch and easy to execute.
"Attackers are continuing to leverage DDoS attacks as part of their cyber threat arsenal to disrupt business operations or access sensitive corporate information, and they're doing it in increasingly creative ways that circumvent traditional security solutions or nullify the previous effectiveness of scrubbing centres," said Dave Larson, CTO and VP for product at Corero.
"In order to effectively protect their networks, prevent disruptions to customer operations, and better protect against data theft and financial loss, companies need real-time visibility and mitigation of all DDoS attack traffic targeting their networks, regardless of size or duration."
Corero's findings differ from predictions by Akamai, which reported a rise in mega DDoS attacks that are large in size and scale. Akamai has previously warned that big attacks with a 100Gbps hammer blow are likely to affect companies during the quarter and in the future.
Whatever, any kind of DDoS attack is a bad thing but, as Corero helpfully points out, companies offer protective solutions for the threat. So mega or mini, we can sleep safely knowing that the threat is in safe hands. µ
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