DDoS attacks happen more often than you know

What are DDoS attacks?

Simply described, trying to reach a website that is undergoing a DDoS attack is just like getting stuck moving from location A to B during a traffic jam, which can sometimes be a horrific experience when you’re moving at a snail’s pace or not moving at all.

  1. Volume-based: These types of attacks overload the server’s bandwidth with an extremely large number of small requests, causing the server to become unstable and crash. Examples: UDP floods, ICMP floods and other spoofed-packed floods
  2. Protocol: Taking advantage of old internet protocols’ weaknesses, this type of attack causes server disruptions by consuming infrastructure resources such as load balancers and firewalls. Examples: SYN floods, fragmented packet attacks, Ping of Death, Smurf DDoS
  3. Application Layer: This type of attack exploits application-specific vulnerabilities that make it impossible for users to use the application normally. Examples: Low-and-slow attacks, GET/POST floods, attacks that target Apache, Windows or OpenBSD vulnerabilities.

Why is your website getting DDoS attacks?

A common question people ask is, why would a hacker want to attack my website? This is especially true for smaller local businesses. The answer is simple — they’re not just targeting you or targeting you specifically. For many, if your website is under DDoS attack, it is probably due to being caught by a hacker’s botnet. Botnets have the ability to crawl over the web, looking for websites that are vulnerable and prone to attack. Many websites can be attacked at the same time, like when fishermen cast a net to catch a lot of fish. You could just be one of the fish.

Protect your website from DDoS attacks with Polaris

To protect our customers, Polaris DDoS protection is built into the platform to help identify DDoS attacks before they disrupt your services.



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