DDOS Attacks Against Gambling Operators
DDOS attacks are becoming a very serious problem that online gambling operators are facing
There is a brand new variation of DDOS attacks that is causing experts in Internet security to become worried and is likely to cause a mass effect on online gambling operators, who are the number one target of such attacks.
A DDOS attack, otherwise known as a Distributed Denial of Service attack, is a way of taking down online services by hitting them with a massive amount of fake traffic that a variety of sources. These attacks take up too many resources on the servers of those facing the attacks, taking them offline. They are very hard to prevent without restricting all users of a service, which in itself would have the same effect of going offline. It doesn’t even take someone that is knowledgeable in cyber security to pull off one of these attacks anymore because there are a variety of services that will allow you to pay for them to target a specific service for you.
KrebsOnSecurity is a news website that was recently hit by one of these types of attacks, but this one is quite different. This attack was larger than any other attack in history, hitting the site with 620 gigabytes per second. This is a massive amount of data being transferred that was able to shut down the site for about 24 hours.
However, that record was shattered just days later when a French host called Octave Glaba was hit by two attacks. One of the attacks was recorded at 1.1 terabytes of data a second. This would take over the new record beyond the previous 620 gigabytes that was recorded just a few days prior.
It is unknown if these targets were chosen specifically out of malice, or if perhaps the group performing the attack was testing out their new form of DDOS attacking various services. If the numbers are correct, this is about to be a major problem for online services across the globe. Gambling operators make up about 55% of DDOS attacks, and so it is very likely that the gambling community is going to face direct consequences resulting from these attacks. Most operators do have some sort of DDOS protection in place, but it is unlikely that it will make a difference with these new forms of attacks.
That common link between the two attacks was that both were using a service known as botnet. This service basically took control of thousands upon thousands of devices that had an Internet connection and used them in order to continually send requests to targeted services. Some of these devices were simple things such as cell phones or cameras. It is estimated that a full blown out attack by the service could exceed 1.5 terabytes per second.
This is all very new, as the previously largest recorded DDOS attack had only reached 363 gps. This is going to be bad news if a solution isn’t found quick, as current protection services aren’t likely to be enough to mitigate attacks of this magnitude that are only continuing to grow.