Fighting denial of service attacks

Fighting denial of service attacks

For eCommerce companies, there's not much worse than fighting hackers trying to hit the company with a denial of service, or DDoS, attack. Matthew Schwartz writes on InformationWeek that there are ways to fight this, even during an increase. Companies should secure themselves in other ways, as well, such as PCI compliance and SSL certificates.

The attacks look to shut down websites for a period of time. Radware's new report said Anonymous is to blame for the attacks, saying "Their major campaign, Operation Payback, during the WikiLeaks saga in December 2010 - against those supporting the U.S. government - was the turning point that shaped the security scene in 2011."

Schwartz said companies should first of all realize that they are vulnerable when it comes to attacks such as these, which are cheap to launch and tough to stop. He said planning ahead is a big key, as most of the time companies don't know what is happening. Knowing when the attack starts is a key to stopping it.

While most companies will get attacked by smaller DDoS, Schwartz writes that companies should prepare for the worst by shoring up security as much as possible. This may be the difference between a short attack and a long one.