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Alarming rise in DDoS extortion attacks. What it is and what can be done.

Julia Rapp

Alarming rise in DDoS extortion attacks. What it is and what can be done.

In their March 31st daily briefing, The Cyberwire recently highlighted a report from Akami emphasizing the rise in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) extortion attacks. A DDoS attack is a malicious attack meant to overwhelm a server or network with anomalous levels of traffic in order to interrupt operations. While a DDoS attack on its own is bad enough, the added threat of extortion, ending the malicious traffic in exchange for money, leads to more losses for victims.

You lose revenue and reputation from down time, as well as from the ransom paid out. DDoS extortion attacks in 2021 have already surpassed levels from 2020. The scale of these attacks “can take almost anyone offline.” These attacks are targeting a variety of geographic areas and industries as well. Both Cloudflare and Checkpoint offer solutions that can help protect against DDoS attacks. Read the entire briefing and learn more here