According to the 2021 Global DDoS Threat Landscape Report, Ransom DDoS (RDoS) threats are on the rise. Imperva researchers have been monitoring threats against several of our customers where extortionists have demanded payment in BitCoin to prevent DDoS attacks
"As security teams prepare cyber-attack mitigation strategies for 2022, data collected by Imperva strongly suggests that evaluating and improving RDoS detection and response capabilities should be a priority," notes Bruce Lynch in Security Boulevard.
"In this post, we'll explain what an RDoS attack is, how it plays out, and what you need to do to prevent it.
RDoS attacks are DDoS attacks - malicious attempts to make an online service unavailable to users, usually by temporarily interrupting or suspending the services of its hosting server - with an extortion component. Today, they are remarkably easy to carry out. The technical skills required to carry out an RDoS attack are extremely low, and the tools for reconnaissance on your organization's networks are publicly available. DDoS 'stressors', a.k.a. 'DDoSers' or 'Booters' which are ostensibly intended to enable you to research and pressure test your network, actually help cybercriminals plan an attack against your network. Search engines make it simple for hackers to collect information about all of your network ranges and networking services, information that you use to keep your IT systems working and accessible, but which makes your systems easier to attack..."
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