Hemant Jain’s 10 Most Common Reasons You Get Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks
<ul><li>Blackmail </li></ul>Someone wants you to pay or else they will break your site. May be there is a reason you are not reporting this to authorities – or may be authorities/ISPs don’t help and don’t know how to help.
2. Ideological Conflicts Principle driven attacks. They desire to silence you since your values are different from theirs. E.G. you own porn sites and they are web-vigilante. May be your rival religious sects are flooding.
3. Competitive advantage You are in the way of someone else’s business growth.
4. Politics You are capitalistic and they are anti-capitalism. You are American and they anti-American. You manage debt and they have sympathy with poor or those in debt. They have ethical objection to your business, etc. You are Estonia and they are ...
5. Hate crime Someone really hates your stuff on the web. Someone wants to exact a revenge, deliver punishment, or make a personal statement. May be you are a gay/lesbian site and someone doesn’t agree with you.
6. Electronic Protest You host IRC servers, Gambling - especially offshore, or Porn sites and you have some angry customers. You have recently banned someone from your servers. Someone has lost a lot of money on your site. You are a social networking site and one of the users has written a page against a foreign government. That government is now after you. Until you remove that page, you will be attacked.
7. Experiment Some script kiddies have recently learnt the tricks of the trade. They are doing this for sheer personal pleasure. They are randomly choosing targets and you just happened to be on their radar by mistake. They may incrementally advance to more sophisticated attacks as they learn the tricks.
8. Challenge Some script kiddies’ youthful exuberance gets transformed to pernicious rivalry and they are trying to prove their might. Or may be your rivals are getting at you.
9.Prestige For some attackers it is prestigious to attack you and bring you down despite all your attack defenses.
10. Self Inflicted DDoS A software bug is causing too many users to come to your site again and again. Your servers can’t handle the load and they keep trying. It’s like an avalanche.
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