By Steinthor Bjarnason
The number of IP-enabled IoT devices has increased dramatically in the last several years and according to Gartner, it is predicted to reach the staggering number of nearly 21 billion devices in 2020. Almost every device manufactured today, including home appliances, street lights, parking meters, toys and even automobiles include some sort of IoT functionally which allows them to be monitored and/or managed via the internet.
These days, there are typically three parties to a distributed denial of service attack.
You probably know about two of them: the perpetrator and the target. Less well known is the vast and growing number of third-party providers of DDoS attacks as a service. Brazenly advertising their wares online, these providers will perform an attack on the customer’s behalf and provide detailed reports of their accomplishments. Their fees are shrinking due to rapidly expanding competition and the abundant supply of readily available attack resources, such as botnets. As a result, the DDoS attack business is very much a buyer’s market.
Week two of National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) will “showcase how organizations can protect against the most common cyber threats. The week will also look at resources to help organizations strengthen their cyber resilience, including the use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework.”
DDoS attacks fit the bill in two ways.
DDoS Activity in 2017
(through September 30th)
- 272 days
- 6.1 million DDoS attacks
- 15 per minute
As we approach the one year anniversary of the Dyn attack, it may seem like all has been quiet in DDoS land by comparison. After all, we have not seen major, multi-continent internet outage impacting many of the most popular online services and applications this year. That’s the good news. The bad news is, it’s not for lack of trying.