Thursday February 23, 2017

Homeland Security Wants to End DDoS Attacks

Denial-of-service attacks, otherwise known as the scourge of the Internet, are getting more frequent and sophisticated than ever. The Department of Homeland Security's Cyber Security Division (CSD) is funding a couple of efforts they hope will at least alleviate, if not ideally terminate, such attempts that cripple service. One idea involves a dynamic, peer-to-peer network of service providers that will collaborate to shut down perceived attacks, and some researchers have already demonstrated the capability to withstand a 250 Gbps attack as they work toward defenses for a one Tbps attack.

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آ…the DHS hopes "to bring about an end to the scourge of DDoS attacks." There's still work to do, but it's great to see the DHS leading a coordinated effort because something needs to be done. Last year, DDoS protection provider Imperva Incapsula reported helping its customers fend off an average of 445 attacks every week. Their intensity increased dramatically, too, up from around 200Gbps in 2015 to 470Gbps in 2016. Add in a report from Verisign that named the three biggest targets of DDoS attacks as cloud and IT service providers (49% of all attacks), the public sector (32%), and banks (9%), and it becomes very clear why we need the DDoSD project to succeed.