Dishonest competitors and delinquents launch DDoS attacks via the Internet. Distributed DoS attacks create problems for the website by causing a denial of service. As a result, well-meaning visitors of Internet resources are denied access to information and commercial services, or may experience difficulties with the website functionality. DDoS attacks are extremely popular among hackers. They are an inexpensive but effective way to disrupt the work of online services while remaining unpunished.
According to the method of impact, the following attack techniques are distinguished:
Network layer DDoS attacks – restrict the functioning of server equipment as well as disrupt the operation of software due to the vulnerability of protocols.
Application layer DDoS attacks – target the “weak points” of the website, act specifically, are characterized by minimal consumption of resources, dominate in frequency of occurrence and require a complex as well as expensive “antidote”.
Unique information is a target for competitors, intermediaries and intruders. The databases of online services for cartography and navigation systems, product characteristics in internet shops as well as advertisements on digital trading platforms are particularly popular. However, manual copying of content is costly, exhausting and unproductive. The automated download (exfiltration) systems of content are developed and used to save time and resources. The specifically configured software performs website crawling – it automatically downloads the web pages, analyses the content, finds the links to other sections and recursively copies the entire content of the website.
In its turn, legal methods of protection against web-scraping have limited abilities.
Copying of information from public sources is not as legally protected as copying and use of personal data by the Directive 95/46/EC is. For that reason, technological methods of protection of information from copying are also in demand.
With the help of Active Bot Protection, the Systron platform can filter out relevant requests, preventing unauthorized copying of content and reducing the load on the client’s infrastructure.
Click fraud refers to one of the types of online scams. Interested parties, such as competitors or intruders, make false clicks on advertising links (Pay Per Click) and spend the advertising budget. There are manual and automatic click frauds, the latter occurs, when actions of clickers are imitated through special programs.
According to the Wikipedia: “In computer programming, an application programming interface (API) is a set of subroutine definitions, protocols, and tools for building application software. In general terms, it is a set of clearly defined methods of communication between various software components.”
As we see rapid development of mobile Internet access networks and the growth of the number of smartphones, many companies whose business is connected to the Internet, are developing and supporting their own mobile applications.
This allows them to make their services accessible to as many users as possible. A home computer is no longer required to purchase services or to consume content.
Most mobile applications use a client-server architecture where the application is installed on the user’s device and the service content is delivered via a centralized API.
Upon request, Systron provides personalized DDoS Simulation tests, to identify how a company would fare under a range of automated attacks. Systron has found that majority of the time, companies are vulnerable against modern attacks, which are bypassing traditional methods of detection.