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DDoS attacks shorter and more frequent: 80% now take less than an hour

During Q1 2017, a reduction in average DDoS attack duration was witnessed, thanks to the prevalence of botnet-for-hire services that commonly used short, low-volume bursts. Imperva Incapsula’s latest Global DDoS Threat Landscape Reportanalysed more than 17,000 network and application layer DDoS attacks that were mitigated during Q1 2017. Igal Zeifman, Incapsula security evangelist at Imperva …

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‘Cyberattacks could contribute to a dramatic shift in world power’

In our five-minute CIO series, Lior Tabansky explains how cyberattacks could have a seismic effect on the world order. Lior Tabansky is a cyber power scholar at the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center (ICRC) and the director of strategy in Tel-Aviv-based cybersecurity consultancy firm CSG. Tabansky brings a refreshing interdisciplinary approach to cybersecurity to the table, …

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Expect an increase in ransomware and DDoS attack combos in 2017

“Follow the money” is a popular catchphrase attributed to the 1976 movie All The President’s Men suggesting a money trail or corruption scheme within high (often political) office. Cybercriminal actors are certainly following the advice. The Deloitte Global Cyber Executive Briefing on E-Commerce & Online payments suggests that as retailers discover the financial rewards of …

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What is a DDoS attack? What happens during a DDoS attack?

DDoS attacks can leave systems down for days. But how do they actually work? DDoS attacks are one of the most common forms of cyber attack, with the number of global DDoS attacks increasing to 50 million annually, according to VeriSign. Distributed denial of service, or DDoS for short, refers to a cyber attack resulting …

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Universities Beware, There’s a New DDoS Attack Method

With easier ways to collapse networks, universities offer some best practices for security. Colleges are no strangers to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, where malicious actors flood a network with traffic to collapse it. In 2015 alone, Rutgers University suffered six DDoS attacks, including one that lasted for five days. Now, thanks to a …

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