More and more organizations realize that DDoS threats should receive higher priority in their security planning. However, many still believe that the traditional security tools such as firewalls and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPS) can help them deal with the DDoS threat. This post explains why organizations should not count on their firewall and IPS when it comes to mitigating DDoS attacks.read more
Quite a lot, it seems. The Ponemon Institute study estimates that the average cost of one minute of downtime due to a DDoS attack is $22,000. With an average downtime of 54 minutes per DDoS attack, this amounts to a heavy toll. Obviously, the costs depend on several variables, such as your business segment, the volume of online business, competitors, and your brand.read more
It’s not always obvious to a network or system administrator that their company’s infrastructure is under attack. In fact, an attack usually starts slowly and it’s only as the attack progresses that someone takes notice. But what does a DDoS attack look like from the inside? What are the early warning signs? Who are the principle players? What steps are taken to mitigate an attack? What tensions and emotional responses does an attack produce at the various levels of an enterprise? In the following post, a system administrator of a bank provides an hour-by-hour break down of the early stages of a DDoS attack as experienced in real time.read more
As the cyber security landscape evolves and attacks become more sophisticated and malicious, the question of responsibility has grown increasingly important. Despite the fact that in the wake of high profile cyber attacks charges of blame abound, pinpointing blame for cyber attacks is actually harder than most people think.read more
AnonGhost – A hacking group affiliated with Anonymous announced a new cyber-attack campaign against US websites named #OPUSA. The attack is scheduled for May 7th, 2013.read more
During the past week we noticed an abnormal increase of brute force attacks targeting WordPress applications.
The attacks use automated scripts that attempt to login to WordPress default admin page using common usernames and passwords.read more