South Korea’s Lotte Duty Free Website Crashed After Attack From Chinese IPs

Following the news that Lotte Duty Free said its website crashed after attack from Chinese IPs, Sean Newman, Director at Corero Network Security commented below.

Sean Newman, Director at Corero Network Security:

Sean Newman“Yesterday’s reported attack on South Korea’s Lotte Duty Free demonstrates just how damaging distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) can be.  With so many organisations now relying on continuous online availability, as a key part of their business model, even short periods of disruption can be extremely costly.  In this case, even though the attack reportedly impacted servers outside of peak trading times, it was still quoted as causing lost business to the tune of “a couple of hundred thousand US dollars”!

“This is another prime example of why it is now critical for online organisations to ensure they have the latest generation of always-on, real-time, DDoS protection in place. Attacks can have significant short- and long-term business impacting consequences, especially when they happen during peak trading periods – even relying on legacy DDoS protection solutions can be damaging, as these often take minutes to react, by which time the major damage is already done with systems impacted and services offline.”