Waging distributed-denial-of-service attacks aimed at taking websites offline is much easier today than it was three years ago, says Dave Lewis, global security advocate at Internet security provider Akamai. "We are seeing a commoditization of DDoS attacks," he says. "The barrier to entry is so low, anyone with a Bitcoin wallet can wage a DDoS attack ... and it's hard for sites out there to defend themselves if they don't have proper Web security."
In an interview with Information Security Media Group at the RSA Conference 2015 in San Francisco, Lewis discusses:
- Why domain hijacking is a registrar issue;
- Why zero-day vulnerabilities are not the online world's greatest worry; and
- How improper online hygiene, such as failing to patch software, leaves too many websites open to elementary attacks like SQL injections.
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