Akamai Warns Of Growing DDoS Threat To iGaming Sites
The dangers of DDoS attacks in the online gambling sector have been well documented by our team. While not always publicized even the largest casino companies have fallen victim to hackers looking to make money either by blackmailing or by stealing sensitive customer data.
The much publicized DDoS attack on Sheldon Adelson’s Sands group was just one example of how real the threat is. Recent data published from Akamai Technologies paint a worrying picture for the online gambling sectors future threat. According to the report DDoS attacks peaked in Q3 in 2015 with a 180 percent increase from the same period last year. The third quarter also saw a whopping 23% increase from Q2 of 2015.
Most of the DDoS attacks were focused on the UK with 25.6 percent occurring in the quarter. In Q2 about 37 percent of attacks originated from China. Online gambling sites are proving the most attractive targets for attacks with over 50 percent of DDoS attacks being aimed at them in Q3.This was followed by Software and technology with 25 percent and surprisingly only 8 percent were financial services.
Akamai expects the DDoS attacks to increase on their network in the coming months with the gaming sector continuing to be a preferred choice for attackers. Vulnerabilities in gaming platforms will attract hackers to easy pickings. Of course the financial services although highly secured will also be prone to attacks due to the many opportunities to gain access to valuable data that can be monetized easily.