DDoS focus intensified in Europe
IT security has largely focused on small attacks. While the companies and agencies suffering the consequences of these actions likely don't see them as small, currently emerging technology could make digital crime and attacks much larger in future. According to TechCrunch, Cyber Europe recently simulated a huge distributed denial of service attack, the type that could result if a country launched a cyber war initiative.
The news source reported that the new, huge simulated cyberattack is a follow-up to a similar event held in 2010. While the first version of the event involved around 70 participants fending off 300 DDoS instances. The 2012 Cyber Europe simulation featured 300 security experts and 1,000 large-scale cyberattacks. The end result of the demonstration will, hopefully, be an increased understanding of users' preparedness for targeted system disruptions on a global scale.
TechCrunch reported that the final result from the 2010 running of the event gave some specific recommendations to boost preparedness in the future. Workers were advised to conduct practice events more often, communicate more across borders and engage private companies in large-scale defense. Though companies may believe such large disruptions will never actually occur, a lack of preparedness could have catastrophic results. Companies lacking the resources to defend their own systems can purchase managed security services to be ready.
Denial of service attacks have become a political tool for those with a cause to champion. According to The New York Times, several U.S. banks recently suffered website disruptions due to overloaded servers. Experts believe the DDoS attacks responsible originated in Iran. According to the source, the attackers gave a statement of intent, maintaining that their attacks were a coordinated response to the YouTube release of a trailer for "Innocence of Muslims," an amateur film insulting Islam.