DDoS Attacks are Getting Much More Powerful and the Pentagon is Scrambling for SolutionsPosted: August 31, 2015
Industry reports are out that show the number of DDoS attacks is trending upward, even hitting new highs.
Andy Meek reports: No wonder the Pentagon has announced it’s working on a plan to fund tools and researchers to help organizations defend themselves against the pervasive threat of cyber assaults known as distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
“The threat posed by distributed denial of service (DDoS) and web application attacks continues to grow each quarter. Malicious actors are continually changing the game by switching tactics, seeking out new vulnerabilities and even bringing back old techniques that were considered outdated.”
— John Summers, vice president of Akamai’s cloud security business unit
In recent days, the agency said it’s looking to fund researchers who can come up with tools as part of a program starting next April that would, among other things, help organizations recover from DDoS attacks in a maximum of 10 seconds. And the acknowledgement of that hunt for researchers for the program, called Extreme DDoS Defense, arguably comes not a moment too soon.
A few new industry reports are out that show the number of DDoS attacks is trending upward, even hitting new highs. Their provenance and targets take many forms – from organized, malicious hackers targeting sophisticated organizations to more isolated incidents where, experts say, the intent is to just find a weakness somewhere, anywhere. But the result is a kind of cyber blitz that’s growing in number and aggressiveness.
New York Magazine was among those organizations recently hit by a DDoS attack, and at a critical moment. After publishing the blockbuster results of an interview with 35 women who’ve accused Bill Cosby of sexually assaulting them, the magazine’s website was knocked offline by what appeared to be a DDoS attack.
His company is a cloud-based application delivery service. According to another cloud services provider, Akamai Technologies, DDoS attacks were up 132% in the second quarter compared to the same period in 2014.
During the period between April and June this year, Akamai’s research also found 12 attacks it described as “mega attacks” – which peaked at more than 100 gigabits per second and 50 million packets per second. What’s more, the company said, few organizations are able to mount a strong enough defense to keep attacks like that at bay….(read more)
- LizardStresser: Six people arrested in connection with Lizard Squad’s DDoS attack tool (welivesecurity.com)
- Infographic: How DDOS Attacks Work (spd.rss.ac)
- DDOS Attacks Reach Record Numbers in Q2 2015 (eteknix.com)
- Numbers of DDoS attacks are up again, particularly ‘mega’ assaults (itproportal.com)
- BitTorrent programs can be abused to amplify distributed denial-of-service attacks (pcworld.com)