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Five tips from a CIO on dealing with massive DDoS attacks

Ellen Messmer | Jan. 29, 2014
LiveJournal is a social-media blogging site that attracts millions of users each month from across the globe, especially the U.S. and Russia. Owned by Moscow-based SUP Media, its website is hosted in a Montana data center, and according to Tim Turner, the firm's London-based CIO, LiveJournal regularly faces massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

#5: Motivations for DDoS attacks are many. They can include extortion by demanding money to turn off the DDoS attack stream; simple rage over someone's expressed opinion; and even oddball episodes where someone will DDoS you as part of begging for a job. DDoS attackers love to strike when there are holidays and they think there are fewer IT staff to protect websites. Since November, "we've been hit four or five times, such as Christmas and New Year's," says Turner. "They want to catch you unaware." He thinks it's rare that DDoS attackers are ever apprehended. More information sharing among online businesses about DDoS attacks is needed, Turner says. Some industries, such as online gaming for example, have set up their own community groups to discretely share the experiences they have had in combatting DDoS attacks.


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