Cyber Attack : What Does It Mean? Essay

807 Words Oct 27th, 2016 4 Pages
Cyber-attack, what does that actually mean? According to dictionary.com a cyber-attack is defined as being “an attempt to damage, disrupt, or gain unauthorized access to a computer, computer system, or electronic communications network.” Although some may think that this only happens in the big metropolises of the world, this is far from the truth. In an article from Deseret News in 2013 it said. “Two years ago, the average number of cyberattacks was approximately 1 million malicious attacks per day. Now, the attacks are up to 20 million per day, according to Mark VanOrden, Utah 's chief information officer and executive director of the Utah Department of Technology Services.” Recently, there was a big attack on major company websites. On Friday, October 22, 2016, an unknown group attacked websites like Twitter, Netflix, Spotify, Airbnb, Reddit, Etsy, SoundCloud and The New York Times. According to an article on nytimes.com, “The company, DYN, whose servers monitor and reroute internet traffic, said it began experiencing what security experts called a distributed denial-of-service attack just after 7 a.m.” What is a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack? How can a company protect itself from such an attack?

According to digitalkattackmap.com in an article named Understanding DDoS it says, “A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. They target a wide variety…

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