Worldwide, as many as 10,000 DoS attacks occur each day.1 CloudShield Founder and CTO, Peder Jungck said: “Denial of service attacks are very difficult to stop because they can easily overrun an ISP’s defenses. For example, in one recent incident that CloudShield helped resolve, an ISP was facing a sustained attack against its DNS services exceeding one million requests per second – that’s roughly 100 times the capacity of typical DNS servers.” He continued: “The ease with which hackers and extortionists can launch such massive assaults is making DoS attacks increasingly popular, particularly those targeting e-commerce sites around peak traffic times like the Super Bowl.”
The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events of the year, generating a massive spike in online gaming and merchandising. This year, PinnacleSports.com, which operates under license from the Netherlands Antilles, expects more Internet traffic on February 5 than any other day of the year.2 This necessitates adequate protection of e-commerce infrastructure to minimize any downtime due to DoS attacks.
“ISPs are unable to keep up with the increasing complexity and seriousness of today’s evolving DoS attacks, often leaving it to customers to protect themselves,” Jungck said. “Traditional security solutions like firewalls, routers and intrusion detection devices are not designed to protect against large-scale DoS attacks. All ISPs hosting and supporting online businesses must have the ability to quickly mitigate DoS attacks against their customer sites, and their own service infrastructures, or they risk not only lost revenues, but lost reputations as well.”
CloudShield has provided rapid response support to solve Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) issues successfully with a number of customers since 2004. It also provides tailored DDoS mitigation services to prevent attacks, including real-time defense that supports millions of packets per second. With patented DPI techniques and high-performance attack traffic processing systems, CloudShield successfully protected several e-commerce sites that were attacked during the recent Christmas online shopping season. For further information on CloudShield’s DDoS attack mitigation capabilities please visit: [ http://www.cloudshield.com/solutions/ddos_mitigation.asp ]http://www.cloudshield.com/solutions/ddos_mitigation.asp.