As large-scale Distributed Denial of Service attacks continue to leverage armies of compromised devices to overwhelm websites and business operations, Defense.Net has launched an advanced mitigation service known as DDoS Frontline.
Defense.Net involves a high-bandwidth network and some new procedures conceived by Barrett Lyon, an early pioneer in Distributed Denial of Service mitigation who also founded DDoS migration firm Prolexic, which was recently sold to content delivery network Akamai Technologies. Lyon re-entered the DDoS industry in response to the significant growth in the size and scope of DDoS attacks over the past 18 months.
DDoS Frontline’s approach involves passing incoming web traffic to the customer network through its “DefenseActioner”. This intercepts packets, determines their legitimacy, and routes them to the most appropriate mitigation solution among hundreds. Only data that passes through this “scrubbing” is allowed to enter the protected network. This method eliminates the harmful side effects such as high false-positive rates found in legacy DDoS mitigation techniques caused by blocking off huge sections of IP traffic in which legitimate traffic is falsely identified as malicious.
A major Defense.Net partner has been website builder and hosting service Weebly, which has proven to be a testing ground for the service. With more than 20 million users, Weebly has been subject to various DDoS attacks of increasing size and scale. Defense.Net’s massive distributed scrubbing centers have been able to protect its customers from these larger DDoS attacks.
DDoS attacks can be easily waged by hacktivists, extortionists, business competitors, and even disgruntled customers and former employees who can rent a botnet for $7 per hour that can do millions of dollars of damage to a corporation within minutes. Attacks are also expanding their scope beyond simply Web operations, and going after crippling other protocols housed within the data center such as NTP,TELNET, FTP, SNMP, SMTP, POP-3, CHARGEN, MIME and DNS.
The DDoS Frontline “AttackView” dashboard helps the targeted organization have visibility into the attack origin, type, and size, as well as the mitigation techniques used.
Defense.Net CEO Chris Risley said, “DDoS Frontline offers an entirely new set of network technologies specifically designed to protect large enterprises and critical infrastructure from today’s DDoS attacks and the growing number of actors carrying out these attacks.”