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November 1, 2016

“DDoS Attacks” Why do they happen?

Bonsoir, Elliott. The world is turning into a real-life Mr. Robot and we are able to do nothing about it! 2016 has been the year of hackers, they made the internet their playground and achieved three big breaches. Okay wait, you don’t know what a DDoS attack is? Here you go.

What comes to your mind when you hear the word “DDoS”? Probably a group of shady guys wearing hoodies and typing continuously on their keyboards. Well, reality is a boit different.  It’s not real at all, sometimes there is a whole uniformed firm working behind this. A DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack can affect a number of organizations connected to the Ethernet. They disturb normal business operations.

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Though you can take some measures to make their effects vague, they are practically impossible to prevent and are costly and consume your time to handle. One way to start thinking about your ability to prevent and respond to DDoS attacks is to know why DDoS attacks happen.

 

A DDoS attack can be executed for the following reasons:

  • Sod wars and fights between online groups: Sometimes, it’s just a war. A cyber war that happens between the darknet group, showing who’s the daddy.
  • Ransomware: The attackers might want to make a profit from their perceived ability to disturb the victim’s network or services by demanding a payment to avoid the disruption.
  • Hackers for hire!: Cyber-criminals sometimes offer their abilities to execute a DDoS and turn it into services they provide on the darknet. Do you want to disturb your rival’s business? Go down there.
  • Punishments: You have refused their demands? Prepare to suffer! The demands can be too ridiculous at times. This is scary!
  • Anger: It’s can be anger at times. If a group of hackers is offended by your business model or your views, you’re in trouble. (I just wanted to save the world!).
  • Test Flights: Attackers sometimes might target the organization when checking their DDoS tools and capabilities for future attacks. You know, test flights, which can be directed at other victims.
  • Distraction: Groups might execute a DDoS attack just to distract your attention away from other criminal activities that they are doing somewhere else.
  • Accidental: Some disturbances in the network and service disruptions are caused because of the unintentional actions that the organization’s employees make by mistake (e.g., a problem in the service configuration). Beware of the insider, for he can bring down the biggest setup!
  • Just for fun: Sometimes, the DDoS victims never get to know why it happened. Talk about having “fun”.
  • Just to leak something specific: Hackers often execute a DDoS attack just to leak the details of a specific account of an important person. The whole breach becomes the plain sight so no one can suspect.

DDoS attacks are executed frequently. It’s government’s responsibility to stop them but it’s your responsibility as well to report if there is a threat or ransomware. You may want to try something else to fight a DDoS attack because firewalls are too old school. There a few security measures that you can take to fight a DDoS attack. You can:

  • Put a rate limit to your router to stop your Web server from being overwhelmed.
  • You can add filters to set your router to dropping packets from the sources of attack that are obvious.
  • Be aggressive to timeout connections that are half-open.
  • Spoofed or malformed packages? Drop them
  • Set your lower SYN, UDP, and ICMP to flood drop all the thresholds.

These measures will be helpful to fight DDoS attack. But then again, it’s good to be careful in the first place!

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