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DDoS Attacks Exceed 100 Gbps, Attack Surface Continues to Expand

 
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DDoS Attacks Exceed 100 Gbps, Attack Surface Continues to Expand
2010 should be viewed as the year distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks became mainstream, says Arbor Networks. In its Sixth Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report, released today, Arbor Networks revealed that DDoS attack Size broke 100 Gbps for first time; up 1000% Since 2005.

The year witnessed a sharp escalation in the scale and frequency of DDoS attack activity on the Internet with many high profile attacks launched against popular Internet services and other well known targets. In addition to hitting the 100 Gbps attack barrier for the first time, application layer attacks hit an all-time high.

“Nowadays, it is frighteningly easy for attackers to execute a DDoS attack. Botnets comprised of thousands of compromised PCs can be rented cheaply, and software capable of automating attacks can be acquired readily on the underground market,” writes Ram Mohan, EVP and CTO at Afilias and a regular SecurityWeek contributor. “A distributed denial of service attack is every business’s worst nightmare. One minute, everything is ticking along as normal. The next, your infrastructure is hit by a tsunami of spurious traffic from across the Internet. Legitimate users find themselves locked out, your ability to do business online grinds to a halt, and there's not a great deal you can do about it – unless you prepare ahead of time.”

Arbor Networks suggests that Botnet-driven DDoS attacks are likely to continue as a low cost, high-profile form of cyber-protest in 2011 and beyond. Major incidents in 2010 included DDoS attacks associated with the territorial disputes between China and Japan, the ongoing political turmoil in Burma and Sri Lanka and the WikiLeaks affair. The need to protect availability has finally made it onto the radar screen of enterprise IT consulting firms worldwide, and DDoS defense has consequently reached the status of a CXO-level issue globally. [Excerpt]
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Re: DDoS Attacks Exceed 100 Gbps, Attack Surface Continues to Expand
Good find OP! Thank you. fiver
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Re: DDoS Attacks Exceed 100 Gbps, Attack Surface Continues to Expand
Do the Egyptian governments actions count as a DDOS?





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