You go about doing your morning browsing of your favorites websites and notice that some won't load, or makes you perform a captcha, or says it is checking your browser, and it becomes apparent that Internet attacks, including the dreaded DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, which clog up the system so badly with botnet connections, so real users cannot access the website, are on the rise.
This morning alone, we see that one of our readers couldn't access Liberty Daily, others could, but another user notices that a different conservative website was blocked for them, and it becomes clear that something is going on.
As a test, we checked as many liberal websites as we could find, and did not get blocked from any of them. That is a very unscientific test because it is impossible to check each and every liberal website, but as of this writing (3/23/21, at 1:37 pm), we still cannot access Liberty Daily.
DDoS attacks are launched with the help of a botnet. This network of sleeper cells can be prompted to visit a certain website at the same time. This can cause a website to slow down severely or even shut down completely.
Hackers perform these attacks out of revenge, for money gain, or even just for fun. Because of the scale of these attacks it is virtually impossible for websites to protect themselves against them. However, some DDoS attacks are launched at individual IP addresses in gaming. You can protect yourself against this type of attack with a VPN.
DDoS stands for “distributed denial-of-service” and is used more and more in cyber attacks. With a DDoS attack any website can be temporarily taken down by hackers. Sometimes this means a website becomes extremely slow, but is also happens that a website isn’t accessible to users at all.
DDoS attacks happen every single day to websites all over the world. As we have found in our research, some do it for money, others for extortion or revenge and for some, shutting down a site, costing them the revenue, losing them readers or customers for sites that sell stuff, is nothing more than "fun."
Once again, according to VPN Overview, new DDoS attacks are on the rise.
Many times is is government actors, whether foreign or domestic flexing their muscles against websites that are trying to get the truth out rather than the preferred narrative of the day.
There are a number of different types of attacks to expect.
DDoS of course to attempt to shut down a website and make it inaccessible to real users.
Spam bot attacks, as discussed above.
Actual hacks as ANP suffered in the past, where we have to move everyone to our backup site, until we could purchase added protection, which has worked amazingly well by the way.
Defacement attacks, where a cybercriminal replaces a website’s content with their own.
This content or image may be shocking in nature, or push a political agenda. Think of defacements as the digital version of graffiti spray-painted on a storefront. If your visitors cannot access your site due to a defacement, they won’t be able to make a purchase, and they may lose trust in your site altogether.
A ransomware attack occurs when cybercriminals hold website’s files hostage by encrypting or deleting them, and demanding payment in exchange for the key.
Backdoors are a type of malware that act as an entry point for cybercriminals. True to their name, backdoors are usually left after a cybercriminal gains access to a site in order to ensure they can re-enter and continue to damage your site unnoticed.
See about other types of cyber attacks at SiteLock.