The past weeks have seen a number of cybercriminal events that are noteworthy in that they give us a glimpse of where cybercrime in general and DDoS attacks in particular are heading. In this post we take a look at the forces driving DDoS attacks, put recent events in perspective, and assist in understanding what can be done about them.
The same way dynamite won’t detonate without a blast cap, networks of slaved computing devices (botnets) cannot unleash distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks without command & control (C&C) programs to orchestrate the attack. The recent events are impacting these two essential components of DDoS attacks: Botnets and their C&C programs in a way that is transforming the threat of DDoS attacks.
Lowering the bar, and Leapfrogging over it
As depicted in Figure 1 below, the number of devices connected to the internet, the “Internet of Things“ (IoT), such as: webcams, routers, CCTVs, traffic lights, smart home appliances and the like, is growing exponentially and is estimated to reach approximately 50 Billion devices by 2020.