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Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks have been around awhile. Mafia Boy, a high school student, allegedly made history by attacking big name companies like Yahoo and a week later Ebay, CNN, Amazon and Dell back in the cyber-crime dark ages in the year of 2000. Over time, new motivations such as hacktivism have made DDoS the weapon of choice as it so effective in getting publicity. It is also a very versatile tool as there are a plethora of techniques to exhaust resources, Denial of Service can very quickly mutate into another form as victims implement almost futile defenses. DDoS campaigns can have long half lives as their sources persist in trying to change political or business positions. Commoditized tools are easily purchased or rented off the Net. Planning and implementing a multi-faceted defense is critical for businesses as is constant monitoring and resiliency testing. To date, attacks have been very effective so there is no reason to think they have disappeared for long. What business can count on is that there will be more attacks in the future. They need to act now as when the attack comes, it may be too late. In this podcast Caleb talks with Lynn Price, an expert on DDoS attacks with a specific focus on financial services.
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