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Don’t Forfeit Your Command-and-Control Center To a Zombie Army
With an increase in Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks and packet flooding volume, its evident that hackers are using compromised web servers for their malicious activities. By infecting servers, these dastardly infiltrators create a Zombie command-and-control center to direct their malicious activities from.
Hackers have also stepped away from stealthy tactics which keep their botnets safe and adapted a less caring approach. According to a survey by Prolexic, a DDOS mitigation firm, average attack durations have more than doubled from 17 hours in 2012 to 38 hours in 2013. There's also been a 33 percent increase in total number of attacks from 2012 to 2013.
The explanation is that hacker's botnets, or zombie armies, were mainly built from compromised home pc users via malware infection and virus infections, which takes considerable time and effort. Fearful of detection and loss of some good Zombie soldiers, attack durations were shorter. Prolexic believes that the increase in attacks and their duration are being caused by an increase in compromised Joomla and Wordpress servers. It's like Denial-of Service on steroids.
While you may not be the target of a DDOS attack, your server, if not secured properly, can become a zombie command and control in any hacker's army. It only takes one click from any one of your employees and the next thing you know your server is no longer under your control. That's why its important for you to secure your network with the best security solutions available on the market, and CAI Managed IT can deliver them to you at affordable prices.
With CAI Managed IT's network security solutions, we prevent malicious software from gaining access to your network through a variety of methods. We keep all your software up to date to prevent exploits, monitor your network for unnatural behaviors, prevent intrusion through the best network firewalls and antivirus software available, and utilize some of the best Unified Threat Management appliances on the market.
Come get your zombie vaccination to prevent hackers from conquering your network and staking their flag on your command-and-control center. Give CAI Managed IT a call today at (800) 422-4782 and inquire about our IT service plans. We'll be glad to assist you with any questions you have.