In recent news, a new kind of DDOS attack has been identified. They are calling it a “Tsunami SYN Flood Attack” which has characteristics of containing 1 MB / packet rather than the usual 40-60 bytes / packet. The attack is TCP-based rather than UDP based. This results in DDOS traffic of a devastating 4-5 GB / second. The key to fending against these attacks are the usage of behavioral algorithms.
Given the increasing sophistication and efficiency of DDOS attacks, a recent article advises you to ask your web host provider to answer the following key questions:
- How are DDOS attacks against your DNS infrastructure handled? The article suggests that your web host provider uses layered protection as well as extra cloud-based protection in case attacks get too large. HostMyBytes utilizes Arbor Peakflow boxes and multi-point mitigation systems during DDOS attacks. We also give all of our customers CloudFare which acts as an extra layer of protection in the unlikely event that attacks get too large.
- How am I affected / protected during times when other customers are being attacked? The article advises that you choose a web host which isolates DDOS attacks such that an attack on one customer won’t harm your site. HostMyBytes’s servers all have 100 GBPS of DDOS protection. We also utilize a huge network of bandwidth providers – so there is not even a remote possibility that you’ll ever feel the effects of a DDOS attack on other customers or yourself.
- How would you handle an attack on my own site? The article advises that you choose a web hosting provider which treats DDOS attacks like an emergency and reacts quickly. HostMyBytes analyzes the offending traffic within 2 minutes of the start of a DDOS attack. Automatically, offending packets are filtered out and your traffic cleaned.