How to deal with huge DDoS attacks with CloudFlare

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CloudFlare was recently hit by a DDoS attack that targeted one of their customers and measured more than 400 Gbps. It’s the largest ever DDoS attack to ever hit the internet surpassing the previous Spamhaus attack by over 100 Gbps as it measured 300 Gbps. In the past three years, DDoS attacks have grown in complexity as well as size. Attackers using DDoS botnets always try to bombard sites using gigabits of malicious traffic. CloudFlares protection against DDoS is effective for any type (layer 3 or 4, layer 7 or DNS) or size of attack.

The following are tips on how you can deal with massive DDoS attacks when they occur;

1. It’s always vital to identify early of an occurring attack

Legitimate traffic is crowded by the attack traffic which can result to slowing your website. It’s recommended to have anti-DDoS provider such as CloudFlare or anti-DDoS equipment so as to monitor any change in traffic and run to in case of any sort of malicious occurrence. A relationship with CloudFlare should be based on partnership whereby if something goes wrong on your website, they will determine on the steps to take.

2. Ensure your anti-DDoS attack provider such as CloudFlare shares data with you

It can get frustrating if your anti-DDoS provider makes the data they possess a secret from you. For instance; some will not even share the botnet source addresses or other important data that can reveal the attacker. When the attack starts to occur, some decisions have to be made concerning blocking of the IP addresses. The frequency of the technology of network address translation means that there more than 20,000 individuals could be behind one IP address. Even if there is increase of the DDoS attack, you should ensure that users get to your website. Using CloudFlare as your anti-DDoS attack provider ensures good sharing. If you’re in CloudFlare community, when a DDoS attack starts, you will redirect your traffic via CloudFlare for protection.

3. Establish the type of the coming DDoS attack

DDoS attacks differ in their scale. There are DDoS attacks that measure up to 5Gbps or even get some of 30Gbps. Some DDoS attacks are specific on application or utilizes of UDP floods, SYN floods as well as other techniques. The blended types of DDoS attacks are the hardest to fight.

4. Seek clarity regarding to pricing with your anti-DDoS attack provider

Some of the anti-DDoS attack providers charge their customers according to “clean pipes,” as others charge based on dirty traffic. Cheaper anti-DDoS attack providers do not necessarily guarantee a better deal. It all comes to whether the anti-DDoS attack provider can in reality filter out the attack traffic.

5. There are numerous DDoS attacks motivations

There are many motivations in reation to DDoS attacks. They include;

· Extortion through demanding money so that the DDoS attack stream can be turned off

· Simple rage over expressed opinion of someone else

· You can experience odd situations whereby an individual can DDoS you when begging for a vacancy

Lessons have been learnt on the need to tackle this menace of DDoS attacks as soon as possible. DDoS attackers mainly attack during holidays since that’s the time there are fewer IT staff to protect websites. Their main aim is to catch you unawares. It’s hard to apprehended DDoS attackers, therefore there is need to share information in regard to DDoS attacks amongst online businesses. For instance, online gaming industries have created their own community groups that enhance discrete sharing of their experiences of DDoS attacks and how they can combat them.

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  1. Jerin Saji February 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Love these series of articles about Ddos attacks. Thank you!

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