Finding a cure for cyberattacks against the healthcare industry

This article originally appeared on the NETSCOUT blog. To read the original in its entirety, click HERE. The most recent NETSCOUT Threat Intelligence Report has found that vital pandemic industries, such as healthcare, experienced increased attention from malicious actors, while the global Lazarus…

2020 broke DDoS attack records and 2021 is on track to break even more

Last year, the COVID-19 pandemic forced federal government agencies and military organizations to fundamentally shift how they operate. As the COVID-19 pandemic reached our shores and began spreading, federal civilian and military organizations were forced to rush to embrace VPNs,…

Five ways to protect your VPN gateway from DDoS attacks

It’s already difficult to remember when working from home wasn’t the practice for many workers. As this new reality set in, organizations of all stripes had to increasingly rely on their network connectivity to continue business-as-usual activities. According to a McKinsey survey…

The Plex DDoS Attack – Isolated Incident or Part of a Larger DDoS Trend?

In our last article on the GovCyberHub, we featured the first part of our two-part Q&A series with Roland Dobbins, a Principal Engineer on NETSCOUT’s ASERT Team who is Netscout’s foremost DDoS subject-matter expert and is one of the top…

Anatomy of a DDoS Attack – the Plex Media Server Reflection/Amplification Attacks

Earlier this year, NETSCOUT announced that it had identified a new attack vector that was being leveraged to launch DDoS attacks across the public Internet. The vector was a protocol incorporated into the Plex Media Server (Plex) application that –…

COVID-19 Sparked a Global DDoS Crisis in the First Half of 2020

At this point, everyone is well aware of the global health risks of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. So far, more than 1 million people have been killed by the virus around the world, and almost 37 million have been infected…

The robot army is here – the impact of the IoT on DDoS attacks

The Terminator movies series may have jumped the shark with multiple ill-conceived sequels after the nearly flawless second movie, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, but for a sci-fi concept it actually wasn’t so far-fetched or futuristic. There really is a robot…

New vectors, new techniques – the evolution of DDoS attacks

In 2012, an organized and well-planned DDoS attack managed to take down the websites of some of the world’s largest banks and financial services institutions. When that attack was perpetrated almost a decade ago, the news reports about it called…