DDoS Overview

October 6, 2016

DDoS is the abbreviation of Distributed Denial of Service. DDoS is a type of cyber-attack where multiple compromised systems will be used to target a single system (Network, Server, Application) causing a Denial of Service provided by the system targeted.

In 2014, the DDoS attack celebrated its 40th birthday. Born as an adventure work of a teenaged “computer geek,” DDoS attacks have grown in quantity and sophistication by now.

We all must remember that recently the Hacktivist Group Anonymous launched volume DDoS attacks on banks across the world which had shut down the official websites of a number of international banks. All the global hackers were invited by this Anonymous hacker group (Ghost Squad Hackers Group and Anonymous Intelligence Group) through their Facebook account to join in this massive DDoS attack launched by them against the Global Banking Sector. (https://www.facebook.com/events/964150270338381/).

The following is the summary of Kaspersky DDoS Intelligence Report for Q2 2016:

  • Resources in 70 countries were targeted by DDoS attacks in Q2 2016.

  • 4% of targeted resources were located in China.

  • China, South Korea and the US remained leaders in terms of the number of DDoS attacks and number of targets.

  • The longest DDoS attack in Q2 2016 lasted for 291 hours (or 12.1 days) – significantly longer than the previous quarter’s maximum (8.2....

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