Can Load balancing help against DDoS attacks?

The Load balancing is a critical component for preventing DDoS attacks. Why? We will take a detailed look at that a bit later in this article. Let’s start.

What does Load balancing mean?

Load balancing in DNS is a way of dispersing client requests among server machines using domain configuration. The domain can be linked to a website, email system, or any other Internet-based service.

If you operate a large and popular website, you may expect a lot of requests for it. It must also be speedy, give up-to-date information, and accurately and rapidly handle the requests it receives. This is where the concept of traffic balancing comes into play.

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How does a Smurf attack work?

The evil creativity of malicious people doesn’t have a limit. New malware and techniques for executing attacks appear constantly, and more people experience the unfortunate consequences. 

The Smurf attack is not new on the radar, but it keeps harming victims. Understanding how it works is the first step to design an efficient security strategy to protect your business.

What is a Smurf attack?

The Smurf attack belongs to the category of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. It was called like that due to the Smurf malware used to execute it. Its objective is to bring down computer networks, so their resources can’t be available for legit users. The vulnerability it exploits belongs to the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP).

Smurf attack types

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Why is a Botnet attack so dangerous?

Botnets have become ingloriously famous in the last years. 

A bot is a short way to refer robot. It’s a type of software or script for executing commanded actions. Criminals infect all kinds of devices with it to control them. Botnets incorporate large numbers of bots, also called zombies, for scaring the planet with their attacks.

Botnet attacks can be really dangerous. It’s up to the evil minds behind every attack. Just try to imagine there are massive “armies” integrated by thousands, even millions of zombies computers globally spread that will obey someone blindly. It sounds bloody scary, doesn’t it?

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DDoS attack – explained in detail.

DDoS attack explained

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are cyber attacks that take advantage of the precise capacity limits that refer to any network resources. So, it disrupts fundamental targets such as a network, system, or server. The DDoS attack sends a lot of requests to the targeted web resource. The intention is to exceed the capacity of the website to handle an increased number of requests. So, finally, to not allow the website to function accurately.

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