High profile attacks with ever-growing firepower point to a DDoS attack arms race. Are we heading for a doomsday scenario?
According to the latest Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report from Arbor Networks, DDoS attack sizes are growing (up 20 percent to a peak of 500Gbps) along with attack volumes. Indeed, 51 percent of DDoS targeted organisations reported a complete saturation of their bandwidth, that’s a 35 percent rise from 2014. Which is hardly surprising when there’s good money to be made out of DDoS. Ransoms are certainly a potential driver, even if you discard the misreported £1 million demanded of Lincolnshire County Council that turned out, in reality, to be just £500. When Skyhigh Networks researched this, it discovered a quarter of organisations would pay ransoms to prevent an attack, and in fact 14 percent would pay as much as $1 million. However, is it the case that this psychology of payment to prevent falling victim, rather than accepting there needs to be adequate investment in technical defences, is a big part of the problem when it comes to DDoS motivation perhaps?