The Million Dollar Ransomware Question – Should We Pay?

This article was originally published on the NETSCOUT blog. To read the original in its entirety, click HERE. Ransomware attacks are on the rise. According to one recent industry report, a company will be attacked every 11 seconds in 2021, and the costs…

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 –…

Five Steps for Protecting Networks from DDoS Extortion

This article is part of a larger piece that recently ran on the NETSCOUT blog. Click HERE to read the original article in its entirety. DDoS extortion attacks are on the rise and raise the risk profile for organizations that…

The “new normal” of 10M DDoS attacks demands increased vigilance

There were nearly 1.6 million more DDoS attacks in 2020 than 2019’s count of 8.5 million, illustrating that DDoS attack numbers are moving in only one direction—up. With this massive uptick in DDOS attacks – hitting more than 10 million…

Lazarus Bear Armada Extorts Government Organizations with Sophisticated DDoS Threat

In a recent episode of the GovCyberHub Podcast, we sat down with a small panel of cybersecurity experts to discuss the current cyber extortion threat facing government organizations, state and local agencies, and private enterprises. What we learned is that…

Cyber Extortion Symposium – Keeping eCriminals at Bay

According to the cybersecurity firm, CrowdStrike, there were more than 40,000 cyber intrusions in just the first half of 2020 alone. What were the hackers looking to accomplish with the cyber intrusions? Since 63 percent of incidents CrowdStrike investigated in…

Five things you didn’t know about DDoS that could cost you

This article was originally featured on the NETSCOUT blog, which is available HERE. Even before the current pandemic, the types and velocity of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks were on the rise. And with the architectural changes brought about…

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…

Civil Unrest, Pandemics and DDoS Attacks – Why This Cybersecurity Awareness Month is Unlike Any Other

To say that 2020 has been unique would be an understatement. It’s doubtful that any American will be reticent to turn the page on 2020 come this New Year’s Eve. The past year has seen the country mired in a…