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What are DoS and DDoS attacks and how do they differ?
A Denial of Service (DoS) attack is a method where an attacker overloads your connected resource or server with traffic that does not respond to any requests. That is, the attacker is connecting to your server with fake traffic.
A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is a DoS attack where the fake traffic comes from multiple machines or computers or botnets, blocking your server and making it difficult to stop or trace the attackers.
To put it simply, a DDoS attack is like an intentional clog or jam caused by an attacker to prevent your outlet or machine from receiving any legitimate or invited traffic/customers.
Both types of attacks aim to overload your IoT device, server, website, or any web application. The final goal is to interrupt your services either temporarily or permanently. While we hear about DDoS attacks affecting large companies, the truth is that the majority of victims of DDoS attacks are small and medium-sized businesses.
How does DDoS differ from other cyberattacks?
Many aspects make DoS attacks fundamentally different from other cyberattacks. Which means, precautionary and preventive measures and tools will also differ.
- Unlike other types of cyberattacks that include malware, DDoS attacks don’t attempt to breach your network security perimeter. Rather, the attack happens at the gate (so to speak) preventing legitimate access.
- In a DDoS attack, it is difficult to understand and assess the damage to the system until we re-establish connectivity or communication with the asset. This makes DDoS attacks a perfect smokescreen to conduct other forms of cyberattacks.
- DDoS might be a cover or diversion used by attackers to perform other attacks such as data theft or breach. The denial of service makes the detection of data theft difficult or impossible.
- DDoS, also unlike other cyberattacks, is not subversive or covert by nature. They are highly noticeable events to many stakeholders and even to customers. But that said, they are equally difficult to predict as well.
Often, DDoS attacks may occur as periodic bursts of repeated assaults. This means, without the right measures, websites or assets can unexpectedly keep going offline, or the attacks may last for days or weeks as you keep trying to recover. If you do any part of your business online, this can be devastating to your business.
Types of DDoS Attacks
DDoS attacks are among the easiest attacks to execute but also one of the most damaging cyberattacks. An attacker with relatively simple technical expertise, but with the help of automated bots and tools, can easily cause disruptions to your business operations.
Alliant Cybersecurity Advantage
Alliant Cybersecurity will publish an initial report in the next 24-72 hours with our findings on: Why, Who, what, where, when, and how this attack happened. Our team will also assist you with:
- Selecting tools to secure and strengthen your infrastructure
- Assist in mediating with law enforcement agencies and insurance providers
- Training for your workforce to avoid future attacks
Get the Alliant advantage today! Contact us for general consultation or reach out to us on our hotline number for a cyber-emergency.