Anyone with a computer or internet connection is vulnerable to a cyber attack. The motives behind these attacks vary, but generally the goal of hackers is to disable a network or service, expose confidential information, demand a ransom or steal private data. No matter the motivation, it’s always illegal and it’s becoming more and more common.
As a PGP encryption provider and a global business, Myntex is the target of something called a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. In this post we’ll explore what a DDoS attack is and how Myntex has taken all the necessary steps to protect its customers.
What is a DDoS attack?
A DDoS attack happens when a hacker (or often a team of hackers) “flood” a network with requests and information in a bid to make a service unavailable. This flood overwhelms the server of a company or organization, and effectively takes it out of service. It’s illegal, but happens regularly, and it’s extremely difficult to track down the perpetrators because the attack usually comes from many different sources.
Before launching the attack, hackers will build a network of infected computers. These infected computers are called bots and when collectively used together they form a “botnet.” The hackers spread malware via emails and social media (read our last post about the dangers of phishing). Once they have a large enough botnet, hackers can use their army of computers to launch a coordinated attack.
Large-scale operations are often the target of DDoS attacks, including banks and health care systems. Many of the high-profile cyber incidents you’ve read about were most likely DDoS attacks.
How does Myntex protect its customers?
We’re acutely aware of the threat of DDoS attacks. Keeping the data of our customers private and secure is our utmost priority. We protect PGP encryption customers with a two-prong approach.
First, only authorized individuals have the ability to communicate with the Myntex infrastructure, via our whitelist. This largely prevents DDoS attacks. Random computers don’t have the ability to launch an attack because we drop all unauthorized traffic from our system.
Second, we use Radware DDoS protection to further mitigate the threat of attacks.
Radware is a large and respected company that protects leading global businesses, as well as governments, from large-scale attacks.
Radware has the ability to detect and mitigate DDoS attacks as they are unfolding in real time and respond within seconds. They filter requests to our service, which gives us clean traffic. In turn, our infrastructure is protected and so are our customers.
Our customers retain their ability to communicate securely and privately using PGP encryption for BlackBerry.
Do you have more questions about how we protect customers from cyber attacks? Get in touch.