The Evolution of DDoS Extortion

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Akamai Technologies

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Your risk of a DDoS attack and proof that attackers can carry out their attacks successfully has risen significantly since 2020. Mostly driven by the largest global extortion campaign ever launched. Unlike other extortion activity from years past, where there was little follow-through on the actual threat, recent show-of-force attacks reached 500+ Gbps — a clear sign of highly capable and motivated threat actors. The extortion campaign signaled a notable shift in targeted verticals, with attackers expanding beyond commonly hit industries like finance & commerce, catching many software/high tech organizations off guard and left scrambling for protection. In light of recent global geo-political events, attackers have been even more unpredictable, determined, and incentivized than ever before, it’s time to rethink DDoS defenses. We’ll discuss: - An understanding of the evolution of DDoS extortion - The ramifications on current security postures - The latest best practices to fight back and reduce your risk to you and your customers.

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