DDoS attacks have been on the rise over the last few years, and have affected some of the most well-known financial and banking institutions in the country.
While hacking has always been a problem for website administrators, DDoS attacks are a newer weapon in the arsenal of internet hackers. The problem with DDoS attacks, apart from the damage they can cause, is that they are very hard to trace. Hackers can remotely control huge networks of botnets, directing them to attack target websites. Because they use millions of these zombie troops, hackers can afford to take their time and be more patient with a DDoS attack.
Unlike a traditional, dramatic hacker attack which gains immediate attention, a DDoS attack is so low key that it typically flies under the radar. It is virtually impossible to detect until the damage has been done, at which point it is far too late to do anything about it.
Given the ease of attack and the low risk of detection, it is not surprising that DDoS attacks are fast becoming the weapon of choice for internet hackers.
Created by the team at Prolexic Technologies.