A DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack attempts to overwhelm an Internet-connected asset with the aim of making it unavailable to legitimate users. It does this by exhausting a finite resource — usually the sheer volume of traffic an asset is capable of handling — over a prolonged period, making normal use impossible. In a typical DDoS attack, the attacker sends a large number of requests to the targeted asset, aiming to exceed the asset’s capacity to handle that type of request. Since the asset is now ‘exhausted’ in that area, legitimate users cannot interact with it properly.
Nowadays, DDoS attacks are part of the most common cyberattacks.
Especially in the sectors of industry and finance, these powerful attacks are used to put companies under pressure and demand high sums as protection money. Also in the area of cyberspionage DDoS attacks belong to the standard repertoire. But what does DDoS mean for companies?