Thursday June 09, 2016

Massive DDoS Attacks Reach Record Levels

It is scary to think that attacks like this are happening more often because they are getting cheaper and cheaper to pull off. The fact that more than 55% of all the attacks this year have been against the gaming industry is pretty strange as well.

There were 19 distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that exceeded 100 Gbps during the first three months of the year, almost four times more than in the previous quarter. Even more concerning is that these mega attacks, which few companies can withstand on their own, were launched using so-called booter or stresser botnets that are common and cheap to rent. This means that more criminals can now afford to launch such crippling attacks.