Denial of Service Attacks

Denial of Service attacks are an unfortunate byproduct of technological developments, especially with off-site data storage.   You’ve probably heard of the DoS (Denial of Service) or DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack, which has gained a bit of notoriety as of late.  This type of attack usually targets sites or services hosted on high-profile web servers or root name servers by overloading the system with user requests – examples of user requests for websites include logging-on to your Facebook account or searching for a new computer using Google.  When too many user requests flood the system in a malicious attempt at either stalling or shutting down the system, a DoS attack is in action.

The most recent example of a massive DDoS attack occurred on August 6 when social networking sites (mostly Twitter, but also Facebook and Livejournal) went down after the DDoS attack of a Georgian blogger, “Cyxymu.”  These service requests overloaded the sites’ systems and forced users to find other ways to feed their social media appetites for the day.

While this type of attack is more publicized when it affects popular websites (such as Twitter,) these attacks happen constantly and cause issues with off-site data, causing servers to overload and denying access to users needing information.  For Datotel clients, to help prevent such attacks, we have a team of over 30 employees, including highly-qualified technical specialists, managing network 24/7/365 to ensure clients’ needs are being met at all times.  While Twitter no doubt had specialists working to fix their problem on August 6, it is especially important to stay on top of monitoring our clients’ information to make sure that attack patterns are noticed and prevented.

What other service attacks concern you?  What questions do you have about DoS/DDoS attacks?  Post your thoughts and questions in our comments section below.

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