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DDoS Assaults Growing More and More

When Managing Editor Mike Taylor of Money Management accessed his electronic mail account on February 6, 2012, he found one message surprising enough to halt him from proceeding. The message, seemingly a spam, was sent from a botnet containing 4,500 PCs across South America and Mexico. Digital Journal published this on February 9, 2012.

Appearing as sent from 'saddsad,' the e-mail, dated and timed as February 6: 7:48; stated that when the assault began from the user's website, the e-mail writer stopped the attacker; therefore the recipient must contact the writer for paying him remuneration. Business Day published this dated February 10, 2012.

Reportedly over time, Money Management has been collecting many hits to the dismay of advertisers while it, belonging to Reed Business Information, specialized in financial and trade journals as also websites. However, a collective of 2m hits didn't originate from authentic end-users rather they were from several thousand hijacked PCs, chiefly within South America and Mexico that flooded the website with malicious traffic each second within one DDoS assault.

Also, one recent study that Arbor Networks and Prolexic, two DDoS mitigation organizations released reveals that DDoS assaults have grown both in number and intensity. During October-December 2011, Prolexic identified that DDoS assaults increased 45% since October-December 2010 as also were over twofold of those in July-September 2011.

A still worrisome situation is when lately DDoS was used for inundating networks following financial theft that was committed using a banker-Trojan, which let the thieves have a long duration access to their victims' accounts. Within this varied scenario, several ongoing assaults have their origin in massive, extensively-operating DDoS network-of-bots.

Now, similar to the DDoS assaults, which struck Money Management as also Wealth Focus during December 2011; never-like-before quantity of Web-traffic actually originated from Central and South American IP addresses where innumerable PCs apparently became contaminated with bots.

Moreover, during October-December 2011, the greatest volume of Web-traffic due to DDoS assaults came from Japan, which was astonishing as the country hardly ever got listed among the Top Ten, while it didn't have too many botnets too, says Prolexic and PCWorld published it on February 7, 2012.

Related article: DDoS Attacks In China Leave The Websites Wounded

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