DDoS is a type of cyberattack where access to the resources of a targeted website is affected due to bogus traffic on its servers. The attacks are normally launched from numerous compromised devices (often distributed globally), known as botnets.
Nabbing the crooks
It was last year when then the world’s biggest marketplace for hiring distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks was brought down by an international law enforcement team. As a result, domains of 15 of the world’s biggest booters (websites that sell DDoS services) were seized, and six admins were arrested from four countries.
The crackdown led to an 85% decrease in the average size of DDoS attacks on a year-on-year basis, according to NexusGuard’s DDoS Threat Report 2018 Q4.
In the beginning of 2019, with a trove of information about WebStresser’s user base in hands, authorities heralded to pull the trigger on DDoS service buyers saying ‘we’re coming for you.’ Meanwhile, here’s the list of successful attempts made by various authorities around the world to bring down DDoS attacks this year:
At the time of the attack, a Twitter account named ‘UKDrillas’ claimed responsibility for both the attacks. However, there is no evidence to suggest if that account was operated by the attacker. Also, nothing confirms whether that led to the arrest of the suspect.
DDoS attacks on the rise
Though the intensity of attacks declined in 2018, it seems they are back with a vengeance in 2019. At the time of Halloween, several online gambling sites in Europe including France’s Winamax and Italy’s Lottomatica were taken offline by DDoS attacks. In early June, a powerful DDoS attack hit Telegram. Wikipedia and AWS also became victims of DDoS attacks this year. According to experts, DDoS attacks in 2019 have witnessed a major growth in the average attack duration and the number of attacks has gone up by 84% in Q1 2019. It is clear that despite the ongoing battle between authorities and criminals, DDoS remains a popular attack vector,