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With the holiday season ramping up, it is not just online shoppers that have to be vigilant for cyber-threats. Owners of eCommerce sites have to be alert for scammers, cyber criminals, and hackers. Today, 33% of all cyber attacks in eCommerce come in the form of a DDoS, making it one of the most common digital threats in the industry. DDoS attacks become so popular that a Turkish hacking crew started encouraging individuals to join a DDoS-for-Points platform that makes carrying out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks into a game, featuring points and prizes for completing DDoS attacks against websites. But what is exactly a DDoS attack? How to know if you are under attack and how to prevent it from happening?

What is a DDoS attack?

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If you are an online shop using WooCommerce, OpenCart, Magento, ZenCart, or perhaps your own homegrown, custom solution, and do not have a dedicated cyber security solution that can detect and mitigate denial of service attacks, a hacker might be able to bring down your store (and keep it down) for hours or days on end. It is important that you educate yourself on denial of service (DoS) and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in order to prevent them, as well as know what to do in the event that one occurs.

According to Webopedia, DDoS is short for Distributed Denial of Service. DDoS is a type of DOS attack where multiple compromised systems, which are often infected with a Trojan, are used to target a single system causing a Denial of Service (DoS) attack. Victims of a DDoS attack consist of both the end targeted system and all systems maliciously used and controlled by the hacker in the distributed attack.

Some recent statistics on DDoS and eCommerce sites

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The eCommerce industry continues to see an increase in attacks of this nature.  According to Akamai, DDoS attack activity set a new record in Q2 2015, increasing 132 percent compared to Q2 2014 and increasing 7 percent compared to Q1 2015 (source from Akamai’s blog). In fact, eCommerce is one of the top targets for attack traffic. Cybercriminals continue to target the innocent victims by attempting to take down a retailer’s site, which can also have significant financial impacts by compelling some victims to pay in the hopes that extortionist move on.

DDoS attacks become so popular that a Turkish hacking crew started encouraging individuals to join a DDoS-for-Points platform that makes carrying out distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks into a game, featuring points and prizes for completing DDoS attacks against websites (source Bleeping Computer).

 How to know if you are under a DDoS attack?

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Here are the four main facts that will be let you easily to know if you’re under a DDoS attack:

  • The website becomes extremely slow or totally unresponsive, for long periods of time and may or may not show signs of intermittent relief throughout the day.
  • You get to work early and start going over your emails. One of those emails includes a strange message that says that you have to pay a certain amount of crypto-currency or your site will be offline due to a DDoS attack.
  • You contact your IT department, technical provider or Internet Service Provider (ISP) to restart your web server (or you attempt to do so yourself) and after doing so the problem persists.
  • You additionally discover that your server logs are overrun with massive amounts of activity, from one or many more IP addresses, but you can sometimes identify sets of the same IP addresses appearing in the logs very frequently.

How to protect your eCommerce site against DDoS attacks?

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With their high public visibility, eCommerce sites are a prime DDoS target. Their complexity and frequent design faults leave them highly vulnerable to attacks — and just a few minutes of downtime can kill an online business.

You need to find a solution to protect your eCommerce site and continue to provide your customers with great service and a great shopping experience. This is done by deflecting DDoS traffic so that it does not affect your website or application and does not cause any damage. It is important to note that these attacks will happen and security measures against DDoS attacks are not a precautionary measure “just in case”.

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