Experts Comments on Wikipedia hit by DDoS attack, causes international outages

A large-scale and prolonged DDoS attack which caused outages in Europe and internationally for Wikipedia on Friday 6 evening into Saturday 7th September. The Wikimedia Foundation running Wikipedia site condemned the attack saying it wanted to protect the “fundamental right” for people to be able to “freely access and share information”.

News of the Wikipedia downtime was shared on Twitter:


EXPERTS COMMENTS
Matt Keil, Director of Product Marketing,  Cequence Security
September 10, 2019
The first and most obvious goal is to amplify the attack by distributing the traffic across a wide range of IP addresses.
The use of residential IP addresses in this attack allows the bad actors to achieve two end closely related goals. The first and most obvious goal is to amplify the attack by distributing the traffic across a wide range of IP addresses. The second goal is to give the appearance that the attack traffic is legitimate by routing it through seemingly legitimate IP addresses (IoT devices). As described ....
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Terry Ray, Senior Vice President and Fellow ,  Imperva
September 10, 2019
The only reason a business gets taken offline due to a DDoS attack these days is because they deemed DDoS attacks as a low priority attack.
What could be the reason for a DDoS attack on a site like Wikipedia which should ideally have all its checks in place? There are many different motivations behind DDoS attacks, but most commonly those motivations are political, ethical or religious beliefs, extortion, competitive actions, notoriety, or as a smoke screen for other concurrent cyber attacks. The reason DDoS attacks are successful ....
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Jake Moore, Cybersecurity Specialist,  ESET
September 09, 2019
The most important way to respond to a DDOS is to strengthen security where possible and plug any gaps that may be currently open.
Luckily a DDOS attack on a website may be nothing more than an inconvenience, but it could spell more trouble should threat actors believe they are a weak or easy target for future attacks. The most important way to respond to a DDOS is to strengthen security where possible and plug any gaps that may be currently open. If such an attack was a simple warning shot, further attacks could be imminent. ....
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Marc Wilczek, COO,  Link11
September 08, 2019
Businesses that rely on their web presence need to deploy DDoS protection solutions.
The attack shows just how damaging a targeted DDoS campaign can be to an organization. Our Q2 2019 DDoS Report showed a massive 97% year-on-year increase in average attack bandwidths, up from 3.3Gbps in Q2 2018 to 6.6Gbps in Q2 2019, and peak attack volumes have also increased by 25% to nearly 200Gbps – which would overwhelm almost any online operation. With DDoS-for-hire services offering ....
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