DDoS Denial-of-service attacks are yet another type of attack. Denial-of-service attacks make it impossible for a computer server to handle all the requests that come in. So, if you’ve ever tried to buy concert tickets online, you know that as soon as the tickets go on sale, the website goes down when you try to click on the link. Most likely, that’s not a denial-of-service attack. Because so many people are trying to click on the same button at the same time, that’s just what happened. The website goes down because the company’s servers are overloaded. Denial-of-service attacks basically do the same thing, but they do it in a planned and specific way. So it’s on purpose making a different website’s bandwidth and ability to handle too many requests too small.
Denial-of-service is getting more complicated and common. We’re seeing a huge growth in denial-of-service attacks, which didn’t exist a few years ago. If you go back 10 years, though, we were just starting to see them. But in reality, these attacks have been happening more often and with more force only in the last few years. So, that means that the number of requests that legitimate websites are getting is going up by a huge amount. This means that the attacks are getting stronger and stronger every year.
How can it happen?
The people who are making the attack will then get in touch with you. If you don’t pay a certain amount of money, the attacks will keep coming. These are usually targeted attacks which depend on the type of business. The person who did this attack goes out of their way to say what kind of business they want to hurt. So, you have to think about how much it will cost you not only to pay the extortion amount.
Many businesses are online today and need a working website not only to reach their customers but also to make it easier for their employees to talk to each other. Now, think about goverment services, and banking services and how much it would cost if they went offline for even an hour. The costs are out of this world. Think about how many people work in a place like this one. Everyone uses computers at work. Those workers are suddenly out of work. So you could be looking at a lot of costs, more depending on how big and complex the business is.
About half of the businesses that have been hit by denial-of-service attacks have lost between $10,000 and $100,000 per attack, and 10% of those businesses have lost more than $100,000 every time they were hit. So they’re very important in terms of the money they relate to cost.
So, according to the most recent numbers we have, about half of most developed countries businesses have been hit by DDoS Denial-of-service attacks. This doesn’t mean that their files have been affected, but it is a DDoS Denial-of-service attack demanding ransom.
This growth trend keeps going, we expect sharp increases every year. So, there is nothing new about ransomware attacks using DDoS Denial-of-service attacks.