Measures to counter DDoS attacks

A DDoS (distributed denial of service) is a type of attack on computer systems with the deliberate aim of making them unavailable. This can have far-reaching economic consequences for the victim.

The motivation behind such DDoS attacks is mostly political activism, extortion or damaging competitors. MELANI is currently observing a rise in extortion DDoS attacks demanding payment of a ransom in the form of cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin or litecoin. 

Any organisation can be hit by a DDoS attack.

Specialist staff
Last modification 29.06.2015

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