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Research: High-Tech Companies Feel the Growing Impact of DDoS

Tech companies: if you thought DDoS attacks were (a) strictly a website availability issue and (b) of concern only to the IT team, events of the past year will disabuse you of those notions. According to the Neustar 2014 DDoS Attacks and Impact Report, the impact of DDoS in the high-tech industry has widened considerably. […]

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It’s Time for a Serious Talk: 3 Questions to Ask Your DNS Host about Lowering DDoS Risks

It’s no secret that DDoS attacks are worsening by the day. From the largest financial institutions to smaller Internet companies, everyone’s a target—including DNS providers like us. Neustar provides UltraDNS and recently dealt with an attack on our network that was massive by industry standards, impacting our customers and even our upstream providers. In the […]

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Mid-sized DDoS attacks have tripled. And they pack a punch.

To paraphrase, bad things come in mid-sized packages. At least in the DDoS world. DDoS attacks from 1-5 Gbps have tripled in the last year, according to the recently released 2014 Neustar Annual DDoS Attacks and Impact Report. The importance? Experts agree that a well-crafted attack of just 2 Gbps can take down many websites. While […]

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4 minutes vs. 4 hours: A DDoS responder explains emergency DDoS mitigation

Neustar’s professional DDoS responders (Security Operations Center) are on the frontlines when businesses get attacked. In the 2014 Neustar Annual DDoS Attacks and Impact Report, one team member described common ddos mitigation scenarios. Some excerpts: When a business makes a DDoS “911” call to you, what typically happens? “Many companies still wait to get attacked […]

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Research: 2/3 of companies use outdated DDoS protection.

According to the 2014 Neustar Annual DDoS Attacks and Impact Report, most companies still rely on outdated DDoS protection. Approximately two-thirds of companies use traditional solutions like firewalls, switches and intrusion prevention systems (IPS) to defend against DDoS attacks. Some good news: more companies are embracing purpose-built DDoS protection solutions. Also, companies with no protection […]

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Neustar’s DDoS Attack Statistics Make a Media Splash

The media is paying attention to the latest DDoS statistics reported by Neustar in our 2014 DDoS Attacks and Impact Report. With DDoS attacks on businesses growing in frequency, size and impact, news outlets have been quick to share the report’s findings. “The number of distributed denial-of-service attacks jumped significantly in 2013, and dealing with […]

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Are financial firms ready for DDoS? Three things to know

What’s changed since financial companies suffered massive DDoS attacks in late 2012 and early 2013? Is the industry less vulnerable or are matters getting worse? Here are three things to know as you read the tea leaves. Good news: The industry now leads the way in deploying DDoS-specific protection. According to the Neustar 2014 DDoS […]

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UltraDNS DDoS Attack Update

The Neustar UltraDNS network experienced a massive DDoS attack on April 30.  We are still conducting a detailed forensic analysis of the data but I can tell you that the initial attacks began against a specific customer late in the evening on April 29.  The attacks continued to change vectors and targets and increased in […]

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Marketers: DDoS attacks aren’t just IT’s problem anymore.

When DDoS attacks hit, the damage spreads widely. According to the Neustar 2014 Annual DDoS Attacks and Impact Report, departments outside of IT and security—call centers, customer service and marketing, for example—collectively pay over half of attack-related costs. Why? Unhappy customers flood the call center when your site goes down. Customer service is overwhelmed and […]

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Smokescreening: Data Theft Makes DDoS More Dangerous

It’s called “smokescreening” and it’s costing companies big. In 2013, over 50 percent of companies hit by DDoS attacks suffered theft of funds, customer data or intellectual property. Attackers now use DDoS as a smokescreen for malware or virus insertions. This is one of the major findings in Neustar’s just-released 2014 DDoS Attacks and Impact […]

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