Young startups and new businesses are affected the most. For them, the consequences of a DDoS attack can be the kiss of death. As such, they are often subjected to extortion attempts by criminals using DDoS for hire services.
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While the OpenSSL Heartbleed vulnerability, for example, is more than a year old, most Websites have not taken the necessary step to prevent abuse of compromised digital certificates.
"Assaults against network infrastructures continue to grow in size and duration. Those aimed at applications are both long in duration and likely to be repetitive."
"The report finds that once a site has been the target of an attack it's likely to be hit again, on average once every 10 days. 20 percent of websites are being attacked more than five times.”
"The ability to monitor your own data places you in a position where you are more equipped to handle breaches rapidly should they ever happen.”
But Incapsula doesn’t stop there. They have created their own DDoS Mitigation Appliance called Behemoth.
"We don't usually see routers herded together into a big botnet and used for DDoS attacks," said Tim Matthews, vice president of marketing for Incapsula, which discovered the attacks on 60 of its customers."
The router-based botnet was discovered by Web security firm Incapsula while investigating a series of DDoS attacks against dozens of its customers that have been going on since late December.