Old DDoS, new tricks

Old DDoS, new tricks

Distributed denial of service attacks are more sophisticated and more frequent than ever, writes Róisín Kiberd

Remove the head or destroy the brain” has long worked for battling zombies, but what about zombie devices? Where once DDoS (‘Distributed Denial of Service’) attacks were launched with zombie computers, they now rely on the internet of things. Innocuous household appliances, CCTV cameras and even medical devices can be co-opted into ‘botnets’ and used to attack prominent online targets. And while the DDoS is a decidedly old-school style of online attack, it hasn’t gone away; instead, reports indicate their number is growing.

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