DDoS (Denial-of-service) attacks are quite frequent, and hackers mainly use this method to target unsecured websites or those with weak security, to begin with. Over the past number of years, there have been several advances in the bid to cut down on the amount of DDoS attacks per year – but as expected, new problems usually arise.
The latest issue to face comes in the form of Internet of Things (IOT) devices. Let’s be honest here, IOT brings several benefits to businesses and consumers alike, but one must bear in mind a small portion of the devices in use lacks the necessary security to keep hackers at bay.
DDoS attacks to increase this year
These devices will likely contribute to the growth of DDoS attacks in 2017, according to Deloitte Global. The company predicts over 10 million DDoS assaults in 2017 alone, and to make matters worse; the attacks could be more severe than the ones in previous years.
According to Paul Lee, head of global technology and telecommunications (TMT) research at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, a DDoS assault in 2017 that aims to bring down popular websites will happen at a rate of a terabyte per second in a single month.
Let us look at a video camera, for example. In some inexpensive video cameras, user ID and passwords are usually hardcoded, which means it’s not possible for them to be changed.
“If someone malign finds that user ID and password, they can harness it as part of a botnet, which can be used in a future attack,” Lee said. “It doesn’t take that many to cause quite a lot of damage.”
Lee also says it’s becoming easier for Internet savvy folks to perform DDoS attacks themselves. This feat is possible due to instructions released back in 2016 alongside the Mirai malware that was used in a major assault.
Not to mention, with Internet service providers improving uplink bandwidth, hackers have more resources to take advantage of when performing an attack.
How can companies fight against DDoS attacks?
It is not easy by any means, but Lee believes one way is by decentralizing the network. For example, if one section of the system were hacked, the other parts would still be active, so henceforth it won’t be a total shutdown of an entire website.
At the end of the day, manufacturers need to make sure their IOT devices are secured from the beginning. Doing so gives hackers a hard time and makes it difficult for them to hit websites with DDoS assaults.