Originating from ARPANET back in the 70’s, the Darknet is essentially an overlay network, which applies strong privacy and encryption practices. I am often asked what’s the difference between Surface vs. Deep vs. Dark Web, so let me put it as simply as I can – and then let’s examine their relationship and contribution to cyber-attack campaigns that take place more frequently.
2017 has been another eventful year for denial-of-service attacks. Radware’s ERT team has monitored a vast number of events, giving me ample opportunities to review and analyze attack patterns to gain further insight into trends and changes in the attack vector landscape. Here is some insight into what we have observed:
When Apple unveiled the iPhone X, it catapulted artificial intelligence and machine learning into the limelight. Facial recognition became a mainstream reality for those who can afford it. A few months later, Vietnamese cyber security firm Bkav claimed it was able to bypass the iPhone X’s Face ID using a relatively inexpensive $150 mask. The claim is still up in the air and while it has not been accepted to its full extent, no one was actually able to refute the claim based on scientific facts.
2016 was the Year of DDoS. 2017 was the Year of Ransom. Can we assess leading indicators of new attack techniques and motivations to predict what 2018 will bring? The answer is a resounding “yes.” We believe 2018 will be the Year of Automation—or, more precisely, big, bad attacks on automated technology processes. Here are four reasons why.
The DDoS protection industry began around 2004 and has grown as quickly as the number and types of attacks have increased. DDoS attacks started as volumetric but soon moved into other vectors like application, encryption, SSL-based and more. It’s difficult to say if the good guys have managed to stay ahead of the bad guys.
The healthcare sector consists of a wide number of segments: payers, such as insurance companies; providers such as hospitals and doctors; and manufacturers, both pharmaceutical as well as medical device and equipment. Because the industry deals with quality of life issues across the spectrum, access to real-time data, especially sensitive data such as patient records, requires both the security and availability of in-house, Web, mobile, or cloud applications.
DDoS protection pricing is all over the map, and can get fairly complex. However, there are a few key questions to ask in order to make sure you’re not paying too much.
As DDoS attacks grow more frequent, more powerful, and more sophisticated, many organizations turn to DDoS mitigation services to protect themselves against attack. DDoS protection vendors range in all shapes and sizes, from dedicated DDoS mitigation providers to CDN vendors who add website DDoS protection, to ISPs who resell DDoS protection as an add-on. As a result, the quality and cost of such service can vary wildly, and many customers end up purchasing protection packages that are either inadequate, or too big for their needs, resulting in unnecessary costs.
Cyber-attacks are like parasites: they are not always visible, not always felt, but with plenty of potential to affect your operational efficiencies, service level agreements, and computing resources. All of those impacts bring potentially high costs. The first step to understanding and managing the cost of cyber-attacks is to do everything you can to understand the potential impact and build an effective incident response team so you can rein in these “parasites” and limit damage to your business.
More than half of all internet traffic is bot-driven. That means, if you have a website, you have experienced bots in one way or another. Bots are automated software that interacts with your website for a number of different reasons, both in a legitimate and illegitimate way.
HTTP traffic is dominating the internet. In fact, when people are asked about the internet, they are sometimes sure the internet is their browser that connects them to everything online. Data centers also experience a high volume of HTTP traffic and many enterprises are seeing more and more of their revenues coming from online sales. However, as the popularity grows, the risks grow with it, and just like any protocol, HTTP is vulnerable to attacks. Attackers use Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack techniques in order to create denial-of-service on web servers. Such attacks are used to make a point, make some profit or simply for fun. In this blog post I will describe the common DDoS attacks that are launched against HTTP servers.