Category: DDoS

The Rise of Connected Devices (And the Security Risks that Follow)

It’s no secret that the Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming more a part of our lives on a daily basis. Connected devices, such as webcams, smart TVs and CPE devices, are not exactly “new” – in fact, in 1991, research teams at the University of Cambridge used an IP-enabled webcam to monitor when the coffee supply in their coffee machines was running low. However, since that revolutionary coffee monitor was invented almost 30 years ago, the number of connected devices has exponentially increased, already outnumbering the total number of humans on the planet. Industry analysts estimate the number of connected devices to be 50 billion by 2020. Unfortunately, as the number of these devices increases, so do the security risks.

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We Need More Women Like Agnes and Elizebeth and Margaret and Joan

Cybersecurity has become a critically important field, and due to recent events, a well-known one. Massive data breaches seem to happen weekly, in fact research indicates these breaches are growing in size, complexity and frequency. The Equifax credit reporting database breach, the Securities and Exchange Commission breach and Bell Canada are a few among many this year.  Unfortunately, the list is long and growing.

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Today’s Predictions for Tomorrow’s Internet: Using IoT Devices to Launch Attacks from Within

By Steinthor Bjarnason

The number of IP-enabled IoT devices has increased dramatically in the last several years and according to IHS, it is predicted to reach the staggering number of 30.7 billion devices by 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.

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The Economics of DDoS Attacks

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.

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2017 DDoS Attack Activity

DDoS Activity in 2017
(through September 30th)

  • 272 days
  • 6.1 million DDoS attacks
  • 22,426/day
  • 934/hour
  • 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.

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We’re All Going to Pay for Equifax

 

Much remains to be uncovered – or revealed publicly – about the breach of personal data at Equifax. One thing is certain: we will be hearing a lot more about Equifax in the coming months.

Unfortunately, the escalating threat environment and circumstances that led to the breach are not new. Just from what is apparent to date, it was the lack of appropriate coordination of technology, people and processes that resulted in the theft of 143 million personal records.

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