Gaming DDoS Protection Posts

A Gambling Company Ups the Ante to Woo Players Back after DDoS Attacks

In the past month several online poker sites, as well as the DraftKings fantasy sports site, have been hit hard by distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Clearly, even if those companies had DDoS mitigation solutions in place, they were not sufficient to protect their networks.

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DDoS Attack Temporarily Folds Major Poker Game Site

Late last week America’s Cardroom’s Winning Poker Network (WPN), a major online gaming site, was hit with a ransom denial of service (RDoS) attack that lasted a few days.

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Final Fantasy 14 Plagued by DDoS Attacks

These attacks highlight just how exposed the gaming industry is to DDoS attacks, and reminds us how damaging successful attacks can be.

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Untangling the Dark Web behind Mirai IOT Botnet DDoS Attacks

Security researcher Brian Krebs believes he has unraveled the mystery of who launched a massive Mirai botnet DDoS attack on his site in September of 2016. If Krebs’ allegation is true, then this is a seamy tale of a good programmer who went bad: a white hat turned into a black hat.

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DDoS-for-Points: How to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game

DDoS attacks are popular among online game players, and recently a Turkish hacker created a game that rewards players for launching DDoS attacks against a set of political websites.

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Online Gaming Companies are EA-sy Targets for DDoS Hackers

Recent DDoS attacks on Blizzard and EA servers highlight the vulnerability of the online gaming industry. Fortunately, gaming companies— or, for that matter, all companies that rely on a continuous online presence— now have better choices that can deliver near-instantaneous protection.

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A Blizzard of DDoS Attacks on the Gaming Industry

It may be summertime in the Northern Hemisphere, but the first week of August has been marked by a blizzard. A virtual blizzard, that is, of DDoS attacks on some gaming companies.

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DDoS Attacks Temporarily Stop Pokémon GO

The popularity of the online game Pokémon GO has exploded like wildfire in a matter of days (as anyone who does not live under a rock knows). It took only a few days for cyber hackers to find a way to cripple the online game with two apparently separate DDoS attacks that caused service disruptions and outages.

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DDoS Attack Trends in the Gaming Industry

From historic DDoS attacks against the PlayStation Network to the recent sustained attacks against Blizzard, DDoS attacks have become such a regular occurrence in the gaming industry that it has almost become an accepted part of the culture. This blog looks at a few commonalities that indicate how and why these attacks occur.

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Meet Corero’s Family of DDoS Mitigation Hardware

If you’re doing research about DDoS protection solutions there are many choices out there, and it can be challenging to find the solution that best fits your organization. Learn about the pros and cons of scrubbing service vs. cloud-based mitigation vs. DDoS mitigation appliances.

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New Report Points to Alarming DDoS Attack Statistics and Projections

A new report from Cisco includes data on DDoS attacks worldwide, citing increased size and frequency of attacks. However, Corero finds that the vast majority of attacks targeting customers are 1Gbps or less in size.

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Benefits of Real-Time DDoS Protection

If your organization is debating the merits of a DDoS protection appliance compared to a DDoS scrubbing service, this blog post offers a short explanation of the key differences between these types of DDoS solutions.

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Key Components of Our DDoS Monitoring Tool for Virtual Machines

Corero’s latest product, the SmartWall® Threat Defense - Virtual Edition (vNTD Monitor), allows service providers who are looking to scale out their security analytics environment to simply “drop” security visibility into any part of their network to analyze the nature of a threat.

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Corero Receives “Recommended” Rating in NSS DDoS Prevention Solutions Security Value Map

Corero SmartWall® Threat Defense System (TDS) earned a top position in the latest NSS Labs DDoS Prevention Group Test, earning the coveted “Recommended” rating, with high performance in all test categories.

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Survey: DDoS Attacks Cause Loss of Customer Trust & Decreased Revenues

We've released the results of our annual DDoS Impact Survey, which polled technology decision makers, network operators and security experts about key DDoS issues and trends that Internet service providers and businesses face in 2016. Nearly half (45%) of the survey participants indicated that loss of customer trust is the most damaging consequence of DDoS attacks to businesses. See our infographic that sums up rest of the survey results!

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The Dangers of Short-Duration, Sub-Saturating DDoS Attacks

Many organizations aren’t even aware of when their sites are experiencing a DDoS attack, because the majority of attacks are under 1 Gbps, and are perceived as only annoying “noise” in the IT background; the attacks are not large enough to get the attention of IT security staff. That doesn’t mean they should be ignored, however. Unseen, low-level DDoS attacks cause two problems.

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How Corero Protects Against Blended DDoS Attacks

DDoS attacks come in various forms, and hackers have become more sophisticated by launching blended attacks that combine three, four or five types of attacks at the same time. Fortunately, the Corero SmartWall Threat Defense System (TDS) defends against all of them. A recent 75Gbps combined ACK and SYN flood attack on a Corero customer illustrates this point.

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Introducing the Corero Virtual Edition (vNTD) Monitor – a DDoS Detection Engine

Last week we announced a new product: vNTD Monitor, which provides the freedom and flexibility to monitor DDoS activity in real-time against any server, application or network. This industry-leading technology provides visibility of attack traffic, intuitive analytics and alerting of DDoS attack vectors targeting a system or workload.

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How to Win the DDoS Game

Xbox Live is again making headlines, but not in a good way. Earlier this week the company suffered various service outages that kept thousands of Xbox gamers at bay. The rumor—unconfirmed by Xbox Live—is that the outages may have been caused by a series of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Regardless of whether this incident was caused by a DDoS attack, it is well-known that DDoS hackers love to wreak havoc with online gaming companies.

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Hacker group is targeting Xbox Live and PlayStation Network with DDoS attacks, just in time for Christmas

Do you know someone who is expecting an Xbox or PlayStation game console under the Christmas tree this year? If so, you'd better tell them to make plans for doing something other than playing with their new game systems for a few days. The New York Daily News reports that the Grinch (aka, a hacker group calling itself Phantom Squad) has vowed...

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Gaming companies collaborate to fight DDoS attacks

Online game players that got new consoles or games this past Christmas might have been disappointed when they went to play. Both Microsoft's Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network were down for extended times of a day or more due to DDoS attacks. The now notorious group Lizard Squad had said it would target the gaming industry with...

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Gaming Provider – Looking for new options?

As industry statistics suggests, many gaming providers are under DDoS attack continuously - each and every day.  Gamers are said to be one of the highest profile targets on the Internet, while at the same time their business models require 100% uptime.  These two facts manifest into quite the conundrum for today’s gaming providers....

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Looking for a Cheap Service for DDoS Penetration Testing? How Does $2.99 Sound to You?

Lizard Squad, the hacking group that takes credit for attacking the Sony PlayStation Network and the Microsoft Xbox network back in December, now wants to be your commercial provider of a sort of "penetration testing" toolkit. CNN recently reported that anyone can rent the Lizard Squad tool called Lizard Stresser for as little as $2.99...

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DDoS attacks: Normally I don't blame the victim, but in this case the blame is deserved

April 2011 – Sony Playstation Network, Sony Online Entertainment (SOE), and the Sony Qriocity music service (now known as Music Unlimited) were all knocked offline by a large-scale DDoS attack. The group Anonymous claimed responsibility for this attack. Sony was so busy trying to get its services back online that it failed to notice that a...

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“It’s not you, it’s the Internet” – Time to break up with DDoS

Lizard Squad said it best in the recent Sony PlayStation DDoS attacks, rocking the online gaming industry, and leaving players denied from logging into the gaming community. Fact: DDoS attack tools are easy to come by, and cheap to execute, and the motivations for targeting victims are endless. Myth: “I’m not susceptible to...

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Two DDoS Attackers are Given 5 Year Jail Terms for Blackmail, Unauthorized Impairment of Computers

Polish computer programmers Patryk Surmacki and Piotr Smirnow were recently sentenced to 5 years and 4 months in jail for perpetrating a blackmail scheme that also involved the use of a DDoS attack as intimidation. Prior to sentencing, the pair plead guilty to blackmail and they admitted to conspiracy to access, use and impair computers without...

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Video Games Maker Says Website Hacked

Ubisoft, the video game developer and distributor, warned clients this week that its website had been hacked and urged all users to change their passwords. In a post on its website, the company said hackers had recently gained access to some of its online systems and stolen user names, e-mail addresses and encrypted passwords. "No...

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