ALEXANDRIA, Va. (6/17/15)--An article describing the growing threat of distributed denial of service--or DDoS--online attacks and how to identify them leads the June issue of The NCUA Report.
The article notes that the number of DDoS attacks in the first quarter of 2015 increased 117% according to Akamai's recent Prolexic State of the Internet report. Although most attacks focused on the video gaming industry, financial institutions accounted for nearly 8.4% of DDoS attacks during that period.
What's more, the article notes, the data shows intensity of these attacks also increased. The average DDoS attack lasted more than 24.82 hours in the first quarter of 2015, representing a 42.8% increase compared with a year ago.
A common method of DDoS attack involves saturating a target with so many bogus external message requests that the targeted site cannot respond to legitimate traffic, or the response is so bogged down that it is rendered almost useless.
The Report article, attributed to the NCUA's Office of National Examination and Supervision, also tells readers how to "know the signs" of an attack and shares resources to help credit unions improve their defenses.
The articles in the June issue also include: