The Dreaded DoS Attack

The DoS Attack

The world wide web is a wide open sea and pirates abound. A lot of our clients are experiencing a spike in cyberattacks this week.  Specifically, a DoS Attack.  Below is a graph that shows the spike in attacks on a client site around noon today.

1.4 million attacks is pretty scary, isn’t it?

This is a typical denial-of-service attack (DoS attack).  A DoS attack is an intentional, or unintentional, cyberattack where excessive attempts to access your website ends up exceeding your hosting resources. The metaphor is a million people attempting to walk through a revolving door, resulting in no one getting through and crashing your site.

There are a few things you can do now to avoid this kind of disruption and lower your resource requirements, including choosing a more robust hosting platform and installing a cache plugin to generate and serve html files instead of processing heavier WordPress PHP scripts.

Contact us today to discuss these services to keep your site healthy and happy in these exponential times.

Wikipedia – Denial of service attack

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