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Life After Webstresser Disruption: No DDoS Holiday

Arbor's Darren Anstee Talks Terabit Attacks, Stresser/Booter Mayhem
Darren Anstee, CTO, Arbor Networks

In April, police seized, believed to be the world's largest provider of distributed denial-of-service attacks on demand. Police also arrested a handful of suspects on charges of administering the stresser/booter service or using it.

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Despite the seizure of Webstresser, however, rival stresser/booter services abound, meaning it's unlikely that the world will see a downturn on DDoS-on-demand attack volume, says Darren Anstee of Arbor Networks.

In a video interview at the recent Infosecurity Europe conference in London, Anstee discusses:

  • The terabit era of DDoS attacks, including big volumetric attacks;
  • The need to give smaller organizations better defenses;
  • The likely long-term impact of the WebStresser takedown.

Anstee is the chief security technologist within the CTO office at Arbor Networks. He has more than 20 years of experience in the pre-sales, consultancy and support aspects of telecom and security solutions. Anstee, a 12-year veteran of the company, works closely with Arbor's Security Engineering & Response Team - ASERT - where he helps to identify trends and monitor the current threat landscape through ATLAS, research infrastructure that uses anonymous data from over 300 customers to monitor approximately one-third of all internet traffic. Prior to joining Arbor, he spent eight years working in both pre- and post-sales for core routing and switching product vendors.

About the Author

Mathew J. Schwartz

Mathew J. Schwartz

Executive Editor, DataBreachToday & Europe, ISMG

Schwartz is an award-winning journalist with two decades of experience in magazines, newspapers and electronic media. He has covered the information security and privacy sector throughout his career. Before joining Information Security Media Group in 2014, where he now serves as the executive editor, DataBreachToday and for European news coverage, Schwartz was the information security beat reporter for InformationWeek and a frequent contributor to DarkReading, among other publications. He lives in Scotland.

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