Digging in to DDoS
Cybercriminals use Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks to take down a target’s servers with an intentional barrage of phony web traffic—preventing access from legitimate customers and users.
These attacks can render a website extremely slow or completely unusable. DDoS attacks are a major threat to e-commerce businesses, news websites, financial institutions and government websites.
Hackers employ botnets to carry out DDoS attacks. Botnets are networks of malware-infected computers—to send swarms of data packets to servers. Botnets can contain thousands of infected machines and are controlled remotely by the hacker. Oftentimes, the owners of these recruited “zombie” computers aren’t aware their systems are part of a botnet because the malware runs in the background with no interruptions.
DDoS attacks can last a few minutes or a few hours. In some cases, hackers even threaten to charge a ransom to halt the attack. Check out our infographic for more information.
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