POSTS TAGGED: ddos
Sean Leach | Feb 28, 2013
As businesses continue to move critical operations online, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are increasing in frequency, sophistication and range of targets. In a 2011 Verisign study, 63% of respondents reported experiencing at least one attack that year, while 51% reported revenue loss as a result of downtime from the attack. Those numbers are undoubtedly higher today as the size, frequency and complexity of DDoS attacks continue to grow. Mitigation against these types of attacks is challenging and generally requires layered solutions across data centers and the cloud management. The success of these attacks and their ability to damage a company’s infrastructure, revenue and reputation is indicative that many IT managers still haven’t found the right protection formula to proactively mitigate them.
A DDoS attack occurs when a “botnet” (a group of compromised computers) is used to send an overwhelming amount of "bad traffic" to an intended target, such as a company’s website. Computers can become “bots” when they're infected with a virus or other malware through a compromised website or malicious email. This usually happens completely behind the scenes with the user having no idea their PC is part of a botnet. The botnet is directed by a botnet command and control that tells all of the bots who/what/when/where and how to attack. The target of the attack usually spends so much time trying to handle the bad traffic that legitimate visitors, or customers, are crowded out and unable to get to the site. Read more
Blog Moderator | Dec 20, 2012
Today, Verisign released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which showed that the Internet grew by more than five million domain names in the third quarter of 2012. The total number of registered domain names now stands at more than 246 million, which represents a 2.4 percent growth rate over Q2’2012. This marks the seventh straight quarter with greater than 2 percent growth.
As shown in the chart below, the order of the top TLDs in terms of zone size changed slightly when compared to the second quarter. In Q3’2012, the largest TLDs in terms of base size were, in order: .com, .de (Germany), .net, .tk (Tokelau), .uk (United Kingdom), .org, .info, .cn (China), .nl (Netherlands) and .ru (Russian Federation).*
(Source: Zooknic, October 2012; Verisign, October 2012)
Blog Moderator | Oct 16, 2012
Keeping the Internet available and secure is at the heart of what Verisign does. As part of our participation in National Cyber Security Awareness Month, we developed an infographic that highlights and explains some of the growing cyber threat trends prevalent in the Internet security landscape today. Follow through below the jump to take a look. Read more
Sean Leach | Oct 06, 2012
As a website owner, the last thing you want is for your site to be used to compromise your visitors' computers and mobile devices, but unfortunately, it happens all the time.
There are more than 3,500 new pieces of malware that infect more than 30,000 websites every day. Enterprises spend thousands of dollars per year on cybersecurity and web monitoring solutions to help make sure that their web sites are up and fast, but often have no monitoring in place for Web malware. The reality is that serving Web malware is far worse for your brand reputation than your site being down because it actually causes harm to your most beloved asset - your customer base. Read more
Blog Moderator | Oct 01, 2012
In an effort to raise awareness of the roles that all of us play in protecting our digital lives, today, individuals, organizations, and communities throughout the United States are gearing up to promote National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). Tens of thousands of NCSAM participants across the country, including Verisign, will be doing their part by posting safety and security tips on social networks, educating their customers and employees, posting tips, holding events, and much more.Read more