San Jose, Calif., city officials confirmed a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the San Jose Police Department website and possibly other IT assets, making services unavailable to users. According to reports, the attack began as early as last Thursday, Nov. 5, and was said to be resolved early this week. As a San Jose PD spokesperson acknowledged, this attack is part of a growing trend of cyber-based attacks that continue to increase.
ITSG caught up with Dave Larson, Chief Operating Officer of Corero Network Security, who told us “Motivations for DDoS attacks can be wide ranging. Regardless of the motivations, this DDoS attack event highlights the need for a proactive defence woven into enterprise IT infrastructure, upstream hosting and internet service provider networks, in order to protect our growing dependence on online business and activity.”
Dave added: “Further, DDoS attacks are often used as a distraction technique for ulterior motives. They’re not always intended for denying service, but rather as a means of obfuscation, intended to degrade security defenses, overwhelm logging tools and distract IT teams while various forms of malware sneak by.”
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ORIGINAL SOURCE: Information Security Buzz