Don’t Get Distracted by Denial of Service Attacks
Hackers use denial of service attacks to slip in the back door—lock it
Hackers often use denial of service (DoS) and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks as a distraction while they scope out your network’s vulnerabilities, exfiltrating data at that point or using that information to return later and clear you out—just like robbing a house. Over the past two years, DoS attacks have become larger, more frequent, and complex. Mitigation techniques must keep up to reduce the damage to your environment and reputation, and infiltrators’ dwell time.
DoS/DDoS attacks shut down a network or machine and prevent intended users from accessing it, grinding operations to a halt. DoS attacks are accomplished by two methods: flooding and crashing. Flooding attacks overwhelm the operating capacity of a network, server, or machine, slowing and eventually stopping it completely. Crashing attacks exploit a bug—or vulnerability—in the system and render it inaccessible and inoperable. A DDoS attack has the same objectives, but instead of originating with one machine, like a singular DoS attack, it comes from many different machines and locations, amplifying the impact it has on a network. These attacks disrupt business operations by limiting availability and degrading application performance.
Armor’s DoS solution integrates network-wide intelligence and anomaly detection with threat management to help identify and stop volumetric, TCP state exhaustion, and application-layer DoS attacks.