The Mitigation of DDoS as a Service Threats

Resorting to unscrupulous means for business gain is hardly anything new. However, that age-old practice has a new name– DDoS as a service where DDoS stands for Distributed Denial of Service. Believe it or not, many companies are now hiring malicious actors to create a DDoS infrastructure for a small monthly fee between $10 and $200, depending upon the attack duration and frequency. They use this service to take down competitor websites, effectively rendering them offline. Thus, DDoS as a service poses a danger to the safety of businesses everywhere.

Earlier, technical expertise and a strong network of contacts were a must to launch a DDoS attack, but the dynamics of modern technology have enabled even online tools, known as Booters, to provide the same service to anyone willing to pay for it.

Steps to Resolve the Problem

At the Target Level

Organizations should plan for DDoS attacks in advance. After all, it gets difficult to respond when an attack is in full swing. So, instead of sitting around and debating the possibility of such an attack, CEOs and board directors need to adopt suitable defensive measures that make it more difficult for the attacker. Yes, it is true that DDoS attacks cannot be prevented, but they can be rendered ineffective. According to a 2014 FBI report, botnets alone caused more than $113 billion loss around the world affecting nearly 375 million computers every year. The availability of such data should make any business aware of how vulnerable they are to a potential DDoS attack.

In Controlled Infrastructure

* Conventional Approach: C&C servers (command and control servers) issue commands to botnets that gather sensitive information and distribute malware. Depending on the structure and purpose of the botnet, C&C servers issue appropriate commands to launch a DDoS attack. Locating the C&C infrastructure (usually concealed behind different layers and spoofed IP addresses) is instrumental in mitigating such attacks.

* Alternative Approach: Booters are a “closed box.” Performing attacks requires them to use a private infrastructure, composed mainly of different misused services and hosts. However, it is possible to determine the behavior inside the Booter’s box by investigating the connection between the front-end, that is, the Booter’s website, and the back-end, that is, the infrastructure performing the attacks. After evaluating the behavior, businesses can come up with automated solutions to mitigate DDoS attacks at the C&C level.

The DDoS problem is not getting resolved anytime soon. If anything, the situation is only going to get worse, thanks to the rise of DDoS as a service. To be in the best possible position and defend against DDoS as a service, you need to protect your business against a host of exploitable vulnerabilities. Get in touch with service providers who can help you with this process. They should have the tools to detect and mitigate attacks quickly and efficiently so that your normal business operations remain unaffected. Take the necessary precautions and save your business from an unplanned downtime.