A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack occurs when multiple systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a targeted system, usually one or more web servers. Such an attack is often the result of multiple compromised systems (for example, a botnet) flooding the targeted system with traffic.
We liken a DDoS attack to hundreds of people trying to get through the front door of a small shop all at the same time. There will be massive queues of people trying to enter the shop and this will be processed very very slowly.
We have taken substantial steps to try to mitigate the impact of a DDoS attack on our network by investing heavily in new routers and firewalls, however there is no guaranteed way of preventing a DDoS attack. Several large companies have been impacted by DDoS attacks over the past few years and whilst conducting a DDoS attack is illegal and punishable by a maximum of 10 years imprisonment, these are still experienced across the internet.
In the event of a DDoS attack against any aspects of our network we are able to prevent traffic from being accepted to the targeted IP address or server fairly quickly, to allow traffic to other parts of our network to recommence.
Updates on our network status are always available at www.ekmstatus.com