If you follow tech news you’ve undoubtedly seen multiple stories lately of websites falling to DDoS attacks. Most of these attacks have been by Anonymous and targeted government, big media or SOPA/PIPA/anti-piracy supporters’ sites. But their actions have also begun inspiring like-minded hackers who fancy themselves “hacktivists.” Whether these hackers are taking your site down in protest, to make a point or for financial gain doesn’t really matter to you, because in the end, your site is still down.
With this growing trend and the increase attacks on consumer sites it’s important to know what steps you can take to prevent a DDoS attack from effecting your business. With that in mind, InformationWeek put together a list of “10 Strategies To Fight Anonymous DDoS Attacks.” Here’s what they suggest:
1. Know You’re Vulnerable
One lesson from the use of DDoS by Anonymous–as well as its sister hacktivist group LulzSec–is that any site is at risk. That’s not meant to sound alarmist, but rather simply to acknowledge that the hacktivist agenda can seem random, at best.
2. DDoS Attacks Are Cheap To Launch, Tough To Stop
Hacktivists can quickly crowdsource “5,600 DDoS zealots blasting at once,” as Anonymous boasted on Twitter, to take down the websites of everyone from the FBI and the Justice Department to the Motion Picture Association of America and Recording Industry Association of America. “DDoS is to the Internet what the billy club is to gang warfare: simple, cheap, unsophisticated, and effective,” said Rob Rachwald, director of security strategy of Imperva, via email.
3. Plan Ahead
Stopping DDoS attacks requires preparation. If attacked, “folks that don’t take active measures to ensure the resilience of their networks are going to get knocked over,” said Roland Dobbins, Asia-Pacific solutions architect for Arbor Networks, via phone.