shutterstock-501671095
Cybercrime

Ignorant botnets: Don't become a 'victim' attacker

The rising tide of DDoS attacks are hitting the news with alarming regularity. Yet if popular reports are to be believed there is only one victim: the person targeted in the incident.

In fact, this is not true at all. Numerous companies are actually perpetrating these attacks via employee machines they do not know are compromised. This could easily be your company and it could prove a lot worse for your brand than if you were merely the object.

“Everyone knows there is an attacker and a victim,” explains Aftab Afzal, SVP & GM EMEA at NSFOCUS IB, a specialist provider of DDoS mitigation. “However there is also the host – or hosts – which are often the infected or compromised devices of innocent users.

Malwarebytes CEO Marcin Kleczynski talks AV disruption and holding revenue to ransom with DDoS threats. Check out: DDoS-based ransom tipped to be future of cybercrime

 “One should also consider the networks of service providers and the impact to their users who are not under attack. In some of the really large attacks, even the available resources at internet exchanges can suffer and this can have a knock-on effect to national networks,” he adds.

To continue reading...


PREVIOUS ARTICLE

« Which privileged identity management tools work best?

NEXT ARTICLE

How will China's GDPR-like Cybersecurity Law impact business? »

Recommended for You

International Women's Day: We've come a long way, but there's still an awfully long way to go

Charlotte Trueman takes a diverse look at today’s tech landscape.

Trump's trade war and the FANG bubble: Good news for Latin America?

Lewis Page gets down to business across global tech

20 Red-Hot, Pre-IPO companies to watch in 2019 B2B tech - Part 1

Martin Veitch's inside track on today’s tech trends

Poll

Do you think your smartphone is making you a workaholic?