The deadly destruction caused by DDoS attacks
Hackers have become a real threat since digitalization. They are perceived to very dangerous as they can steal and destroy very valuable data. Strong preventions are therefore taken against them, but what is the yardstick to measure the kind of attack they are going to launch. Instead of taking it on the chin, there has to be a way to understand the mind of a hacker as only then can protective measure be put up.
Well, truth be told hacking not about complexity, but more about using the right technique for the right task. There are two main objective of hacking: stealing of data or destruction of data. The most deadly kind of hacking technique is widely considered to be the DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack.
DDoS can be portrayed as a simplistic procedure in which extremely large amounts of traffic is focused and unleashed upon a server. There are multiple forms of DDoS and the level of harm it can cause is enormous. Through this method many resources are used in unison to target a single network and make it crash. The direction and the attack is channeled through fake traffic. This traffic could be auto generated; coming through a computer or internet.
The intention of the traffic is to eat and take away all the bandwidth so that that the server becomes useless to adhere to any commands or operations. This effectively crashes the server and which means that the protective walls have been breached and the server is now compromised. Now, the hacker can step in to complete its mission; which is to destroy, alter or steal data. DDoS can be extremely dangerous when large numbers come into play. Moreover, in actuality its strength bolsters as it grows with numbers. Therefore, its best output is delivered when multiple resources are used.
Organizations & people do benefit from DDoS attacks. It all depends on its purpose. They can get hands on data that was unavailable, covert or difficult to acquire. This data can also be changed without the notice of its creator and primary user. DDoS attack can steal data, corrupt data and change data. DDoS acts in the shadows to go undetected by the administrator. Henceforth, after a successful DDoS attack it is very tedious difficult to clean up.
The advent of digitalization has left humankind on a road where all kinds of data is either on servers or the internet. A lot of sensitive and secret information is stored in banks, hospitals, government institutions, education institutions, stock brokers, MNCs, etc. Since these are companies with a lot at stake, DDoS attacks can result in losses of millions. For this reason it is considered to be a heinous cybercrime.
Perhaps, the best counter-measure that can be applied against DDoS attack is DDoS mitigation. This methodology has been specially birthed to deal with this problem. It works by putting a cap on the bandwidth for incoming traffic onto a server. This means the cap will not allow the traffic to exceed the bandwidth so the server cannot fall. It also helps assess the kind of traffic that is arriving from different channels. It will restrict fake traffic and will even recognize auto generated traffic. Therefore, it becomes a gateway security measure.
DDoS attacks can be very dangerous. They are the worst cyber-attack and can causes losses of millions. A good way to acquire protection is through the implementation of DDoS mitigation.