We Experienced DDoS Attack but We’re Here
Soon after we posted the article of the hacking toasters, we were attacked as well. But you could hardly notice it, because we’re tough and we’re here, live and kicking. Are we scared? Or pissed off? Nope. First, because our team did a great job and protected our data. Second, because being under a DDoS attack is a routine nowadays for any web site, big or small. Sooner or later everyone has to go through it. It’s like a fight in the playground. You don’t like it, you can hate it, but such things happen from time to time.
What is DDoS? It stands for Distributed Denial of Service. Servers, hosting the websites, work 24/7/365 and process loads of data day in, day out. If the site is very popular and many users visit it, it can collapse the way bridges do when they bear too much load. That’s why hosts add liberally to the bandwidth to cope with the traffic peaks. But there’s no wide lane that cannot be clogged. It just takes more attackers. Sometimes attackers are all human, they band together for the coup. But it’s cheaper and easier to grip the control over numerous devices with the Web access and use them as the army. But as many other services organizing DDoS attacks have become user friendly. Neither hacking nor networking skills are required for that kind of activity. There are DDoS-for hire sites which enable anyone with enough money or Bitcoins to launch multiple simultaneous attacks from an easy-to-use interface with a menu of attacks.
The server that hosts the targeted site experience myriads of inquiries per a unit of time. It’s like sitting between two chatterboxes in a party. The music is blaring and your neighbors chat with you and with each other over your head and ask you myriads questions at a time and you start feeling like your brain is going to blast.
DDoS attacks can bring sites down that are critical for the everyday life: like email services or news sites. The number of attacks, their durations and intensity increase dramatically. The year of 2016 showed an increase of 125% and the number of 100 Gigabits attacks (attackers used gigabit internet access) approaches 20. But only large-scale attacks make it to the headlines. And many users remain ignorant about the darker side of the digital era.
Major web companies have security departments on vigil to stand against the DDoS attacks. Smaller enterprises have to cope themselves. The more popular you are, the higher is the risk of being attacked. It’s the fact of life.
In a sense, hackers cause more harm than raccoons in your garden. Internet, no matter what the FCC wants it to be, is a public utility now. And no one has ever heard of raccoons deliberately chewing phone cables or water pipelines. Besides, animals gain no profit from it, while hackers certainly do. While one criminal or a band of them attack the site, others are parsing the content. Though typically it’s enough to bring down a website to cause losses to its owners or to give an advantage to the competitor who may have paid for this attack.
But as we told you before, we survived, no harm done, and upgraded our security system. And we’re glad to stay with you, friends and customers, and take care of your old devices: Sell old electronics for top dollar cash now!