DDoS Attacks on Bitcoin Casinos a Growing Concern?
There has been an increase in DDoS attacks on Bitcoin casinos according to a recent report. The report states that about 34.5 percent of DDoS attacks have targeted gambling sites while nearly 74 percent of Bitcoin sites have experienced the attack in the third quarter of 2017.
Operators have been finding ways to defend their brands against DDoS. Among the means through which they protect their sites is getting help from their ISP provider in order to reroute the attack.
DDoS attack details
A DDoS attack is a cyber-attack method that aims to overwhelm a gambling site’s network. It does this by having many computers send large volumes of online traffic to the network.
Some attackers infect thousands of computers with a malware. The malware creates a network of zombie computers that can generate online traffic to a specific website.
The aim of a DDoS attack is to hinder legitimate users of the gambling site from playing the games or making wagers as normal. This makes some of the legitimate users look for alternative gambling sites.
Bitcoin websites and gambling portals are often the focus of DDoS hackers. This can be due to the rising value of Bitcoin in 2017. Some companies hire hackers to initiate a DDoS attack on a competitor in order to gain an edge in the market. Others see this as an opportunity to hold an operator’s site for ransom until they paid in Bitcoin.
According to the report, recent DDoS attacks are getting more determined and prolonged than before. The report also states that about one-third of network layer targets have experienced ten times more attacks in the third quarter of 2017.
DDoS protection solutions
There have been many known brands that were recipients of DDoS attacks. One of which is the Winning Poker Network (WPN). After experiencing several attacks, the company decided to cancel its BOSS event to prevent any risk of interruptions during the event.
In order to handle the spamming of bogus data from cyber attackers, the WPN upgraded its server. This allows the poker network to handle a large amount of traffic. The CEO of the WPN did not provide details on what changed or added to the server. What he did state was that they made it easier to compartmentalize poker operations. This allows the poker room to not fully shut down when one or several elements of a room were targeted by a cyber-attack.
Platform providers such as CASEXE also looked into adding security to brands and clients by deploying their projects on a secured server. Some brands use third-party companies that offer DDoS protection. These companies have a cloud solution that can absorb an incredible amount of spam bandwidth with its network. Their services can be implemented in different types of gambling sites.