A Beginner’s Guide to DDoS Attack and Protection

Cyber criminals are always looking for loopholes in security systems. From small businesses to conglomerates, organisations are always under a threat of breach of security.

That’s why hackers and coders are hired to ensure the safety of security systems and to indentify potential loopholes proactively. However, not every organisation is aware of the right measures to take and often end up with the short end of the stick.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks continue to be a problem for thousands of organisations in Australia due to lack of awareness.

What is DDoS?

Cyber criminals that attack DDos networks have one aim: flood the website with so much traffic that it is unable to function.

This is bad for organisations because it results in having to forcefully shut down networks and revenue streams. This damages the organisation’s relationship with its customers who rely on its services for efficient and timely solutions.

DDoS is a variation (basically a botnet) that used to generate traffic for websites. The main problem that leads to a vulnerable DDoS system is that it’s distributed throughout different locations, using multiple hosts. This makes its slow and difficult to secure. The main problem is that organisations resort to blocking particular domains or IP addresses which makes no difference, hence, continuing the attacks.

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The Aim of DDoS Attackers


Cyber criminals attack organisation’s DDoS to extort money by shutting down the website, forcing organizations to pay the attackers to get rid of the problem.

Attackers know that businesses will be willing to pay large amount when they are unable to sell their services. The ones that end up suffering are the organisation and the botnet’s hosts.

What to Do

In order to combat DDoS attacks, organisations will have to develop internal dediated network solutions. This will help cope with DDoS attacks. What this does is create a baseline with expected traffic that helps detect and respond appropriate to an attack. It helps identify false traffic and removes it,   forwarding traffic that is genuinely created.

But this type of approach requires consuming limited internal resources such as bandwidth and processing power. Therefore, it’s not as scalable in handling the most dangerous attacks as a third-party specialist.

You best bet is to hire a professional web application testing service that can offer high-quality and reliable security scanning service for web and mobile applications. Lean Security is one such service. By helping keep your systems safe, we provide you ensure your web application and systems are free of security loopholes!

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