In response to the news that Anonymous has launched DDoS attacks on UK government websites, in protest of the treatment of Julian Assange, Darren Anstee, solutions architect team lead at Arbor Networks, made the following comments.
“The attacks against the UK government highlight how ideologically motivated DDoS attacks are an ever increasing issue."
“There is no-doubting that the global recognition of the reality of cyber threats and the need for effective cyber security solutions is rising, with governments discussing different legislative and regulatory proposals; however, despite the potential legal implications faced by today’s hackers, they do not seem to be deterred. Hackers are continuing to carry out attacks on high-profile targets and they do not appear to be worried about getting caught.
“It is therefore extremely important that organisations take best practice defensive steps to ensure they are adequately protected if, or more likely when, they become the target of a DDoS attack. Organisations should minimise their threat surface as much as possible using their network infrastructure to control the traffic reaching their service infrastructure, and they should ensure that they have well documented, and tested, incident handling processes. And, ideally they should deploy DDoS protection solutions and services which are capable of protecting them from both volumetric and stealthy application layer attacks.
“The recent attacks during the federal elections in Mexico highlight how being prepared can protect an organisation from the impact of a DDoS attack. The Mexican Federal Electoral Institute prepared in advance to deal with DDoS attacks, and was targeted repeatedly but successfully defended itself. "
“The attacks against the Mexican government highlight the importance of forward planning. I’ve seen some comments that there isn’t much an institution can do to stop these attacks, and that is simply not the case. If organisations take precautionary steps, the risk to business continuity can be minimised."