The criminal minds have brought their criminal tendencies to cyberspace. With the advent of technology have come a number of criminal-related problems over the internet. The cyber world has no specific laws attached and is basically a no man’s land. Unfortunately, it has also turned into a number of criminal minds’ playfield. Today, a cyber criminal can make use of an IP booter to cause havoc over the internet if he/she so wishes and unfortunately, this can have negative effects on your business.
In order to have a better understanding of just how serious digital attacks are, take a look at the list of countries on the Digital Attack Map. So many countries are faced with so many cyber activities that are highly unusual. For example as of the time of writing this country, countries included in the map with high cyber activity that is unusual include Pakistan, the UK, Saudi Peninsula, Chile and the Philippines. These could be possible denial of service attacks also known as DDoS attack.
Much as DDoS attacks don’t result in the actual theft of anything, they can be very distractive! You find that normal day-to-day activities on a particular website are crippled or come to a stand-still when faced with such attacks. The disruption comes about when a program takes over a number of devices and proceeds to send a huge number of data packets to the server or servers of the target website. Such programs are known as stressers or IP booters. It is relatively easy to come across such programs and some of these DDoS programs can even be hired.
Since it is relatively easy to come by such program, curbing cyber crimes can be a menace since finding the actual perpetrator can be equated to finding a needle in a haystack. An IP booter or IP stresser works in such a way that legitimate users are denied access to the target website by sending a ton of data requests to the website’s server by use of netbots.
Think of booters or stressers as the door that either permits or keeps out visitors to a given site, with the main focus being in keeping out visitors in this case. Nothing is stolen in the process however; so much chaos is created since so many people are unable to gain access to a given website. Imagine if the target website is a commercial website that depends on visitors to survive since they come to purchase given products or services. In case denial of service attacks is made on such a website then you can only imagine the amount of lose the website’s owner(s) will be forced to deal with!
With a clear understanding of how a denial of service attacks works and how it can potentially affect a website, it is no wonder that many relate it to a form of bullying. Initiating such an attack on a given website can as such be looked at as a form of cyber crime since it results in the disruption of the website’s activities.