Cyber criminals are changing their usual distributed denial-of-service attacks and are now trying to overwhelm application processes instead according to Cloudflare which has seen a spike in attacks aimed at high level server resources. Sean Newman, Director of Product Management at Corero Network Security commented below.
Sean Newman, Director of Product Management at Corero Network Security:
“Reports of increasing application layer DoS attacks are only to be expected, as attackers continue looking for alternate vectors to meet their objectives. And, a perception that volumetric DDoS attacks are on the decline, is understandable, especially if that is your only lens on the problem. However, when your view is based on having deployed the latest generation of always-on, real-time, DDoS protection, you will find a rather different story. With this lens on the problem, you will find that there is a significantly increasing trend for smaller, more calculated, volumetric DDoS attacks. In fact, Corero customers saw in increase in volumetric attacks of 50% compared to a year ago, with over 90% of those attacks being less than 5Gbps in size and over 70% lasting less than 10 minutes in duration.”