The digital world was shaken by the largest Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack in history, as hackers sent as much as 1.2 Terabits per second of data at the DYN network, knocking down several major website domains including Twitter for an extended period of time. The attack started at approximately 7:00AM on 10/21/16 and originated from an Internet of things (IoT) botnet cobbled together from many thousands of devices including cameras, thermostats, printers, computers and just about anything else with a Wi-Fi connection.
Scott Hilton, the Executive Vice President of Products at Dyn, explained in a written statement online that “Early observations of the TCP attack volume from a few of our data centers indicate packet flow bursts 40 to 50 times higher than normal. This magnitude does not take into account a significant portion of traffic that never reached Dyn due to our own mitigation efforts, as well as the mitigation of upstream providers.”
The problem with DDoS attacks is one that has grown more significant as the proliferation of unsecured internet-capable devices continues to gain momentum. Every time a new wave of seemingly innocuous items hits the market and consumers begin unwitting adding items that are easy to hack as new failure points for digital security, the size and speed of DDoS assaults becomes more severe.
At NationalNet we strive to protect our clients from all kinds of attacks and hacks. While no measure of security is entirely bulletproof, it is absolutely true that having mitigation procedures in place prior to the start of an attack is infinitely better than scrambling to successfully halt an attack after one starts. Please contact us any time you think your sites may be the target of an attack, and proactively get in touch with our experienced staff to discuss other ways to improve your preparedness for the unfortunate eventuality of downtime caused by everything from terrorism to state sponsored hacks and amateur script-kiddies seeing to damage your business online.
As Thomas Jefferson once said: Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.