The Australian ISP, Melbourne IT, is the most recent victim of a large-scale DDoS attack that disrupted its web hosting services.
The DDoS attack directly impacted many of their customers after services were affected from 12 am BST till 11:30 am BST on April 13th. Among the services impacted include their web hosting (cloud and cPanel), email platforms, and access to the Console, their customer administration portal.
The company responded by implementing their DDoS mitigation services as standard operating procedure and implemented international traffic management measures.
DDoS attacks are no new phenomenon- they’ve been around for a couple decades by now. But what organizations do not comprehend is just how much damage can happen by suffering from a DDoS attack. This attack took Melbourne IT and its customers offline for nearly twelve hours, impacting the brand's reputation, customers opinions of the business, and ultimately, impacting the company’s bottom line.
One route for mitigation is to better prevent the establishment of Botnets in the first place – this requires a more malware-conscious public with improved computer-hygiene standards. Once a botnet is invoked, organizations should isolate the malicious malware accountable and get it removed – before any serious damage occurs.
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