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Everything you need to know about a DDoS attack

29 Apr 2019 Developer News
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Cybercrime and the complexities around it are getting worse daily. While the media regularly reports on the problems associated, the further advancement of technology is paving the way for more broad-reaching, and costly, issues. The DDoS attack is one of the most prevalent types of cyber attack. The one thing that does set it apart is the use of unwitting user machines (zombies) in the attacks.

What is DDoS?

Before anything, it is important to grasp of concept behind DDoS, or what is known as the Distributed Denial of Service attack. This is a very large scale DoS attack when the person committing the attack tends to use more than one unique IP address and in the worst case, thousands of them altogether.

Technically seen, this form of cyber attack does involve multiple nodes on different networks. The main issue is that traditional attempts to defend single attacks don’t work against the incoming traffic channels coming in from thousands of sources. It becomes very hard to stop, or prevent, the attacker using just ingress filtering. The process often also tends to involve forging of the IP address known as IP address spoofing thus further complicating the process and increasing the success of the attack even more.


How do you know if you are getting hit by a DDoS?

Now that you know what a DDoS is and how severe it can be, it’s time we divert our focus on the prospect of how you will one know if you are getting hit by this specific form of a cyber attack.

If you are wondering, am I getting DDoSed, we have got exactly the information you need.

The worst thing about this form of cyber attack is the fact that it is very hard to detect. At first, you wouldn’t technically be able to distinguish whether the influx on such a rush of traffic is because of the legitimate users or just a rapid attack happening around.

The best way to detect a problem concerning this is by identifying the difference that lies in the nature of the impact.  If you can’t spot a reason for the massive traffic influx, and if it’s paralyzing your server, rather than filling your inbox with new orders, or enquiries, it’s a good sign you need to quickly dig deeper – or alert your hosting company!

Additionally, if you find that a source is continually forging queries on a certain set of data long after the time to live, that’s when you know the problem is big and persistent.

If you are finding yourself stuck in such a huge cyber attack, it is best to reach out to a specialist or someone who has handled such things before. Clarifying the problems to them does help a lot in getting rid of the issues altogether and can help recover all the threat that has already been bestowed upon the same, alert your hosting company!

Fully managed hosting companies offering proactive monitoring will often know about these problems before you do.  They’ll swing into action at the first sign of network flooding and server overload.  If you spot the problem first, give your hosting company a support ticket via the web.  Don’t wait – the sooner you take action, the better.

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