Halloween originates from an ancient pagan festival celebrated by Celtic people over 2,000 years ago called Samhain, meaning “Summer’s End.”
Unfortunately, neither Halloween — nor next Tuesday’s Presidential election — will be the end of an ongoing DDoS extortion campaign, unprecedented in scale and scope, about which the FBI first alerted in August.
On Wednesday, they issued another alert about the wave of extortion attempts for “the most significant cybersecurity threat we’ve ever seen in the United States.”
The FBI recommends DDoS mitigation services to block attacks before networks are affected. Many companies are turning to cloud-based solutions for increased scale and capacity, as legacy on-premise protection can now be overwhelmed. As ever, the key is to prevent instead of react.
FBI Alert: DDoS Extortion Campaign
The FBI has warned that thousands of organizations across the world, from various industry sectors, have been threatened with DDoS attacks unless they pay a Bitcoin ransom.
DDoS Protection Best Practices
The FBI recommends DDoS mitigation services to block attacks before networks are affected. This whitepaper from Akamai lays out eight best practices for a protection plan.
DHS Plans Largest Operation To Secure U.S. Election Against Hacking
A 24/7 war room will operate from Election Day until local officials are confident in the results. It shows just how far DHS’s cybersecurity agency has come since 2016.