Even The Best Internet Provider In My Area Isn’t Safe From Attack

April 17th, 2013

There’s bad news coming out of the internet security front; In the last quarter alone, the average amount of bandwidth used in DDoS attacks had grown eight-fold. In addition, the average duration of attacks grew from last year’s 28.5 hours to 34.5 hours. The fact that DDoS attacks are not only getting more powerful, but meaner have even the best internet provider in my area wondering how to weather the next attack.

This may be more of a challenge to do in the coming quarters, as new techniques for attack were also noted by observers. These techniques go beyond the flooding of sites with traffic using botnets. Instead, attackers are using web servers, which offer more bandwidth. If that weren’t frightening enough, it appears that attackers are being well-financed, perhaps by criminal organizations who also possess the resources needed for such large-scale attacks.