Author: Dan Holden

Dan Holden is the Director of ASERT, Arbor's Security Engineering and Response Team, where he leads one of the most well respected security research organizations in the industry. His teams oversee the ATLAS global security intelligence database, and are responsible for threat landscape monitoring and Internet security research including the reverse engineering of malicious code. Dan also oversees the development and delivery of security content and countermeasures for Arbor's industry leading DDoS technologies via the ATLAS Threat Feed (ATF) and the ATLAS Intelligence Feed (AIF) threat detection services.

‘Pay up or we’ll take your Website down’, so goes the adage that usually accompanies ransom-based cyber-attacks. Top of the news agenda in recent weeks, well-known names such as Evernote and Feedly have all fallen victim to extortion attacks, but these companies are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this very lucrative criminal activity. Whilst digital ransom attacks come in all sorts of types and forms, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are top of the list of methods used by attackers to force money from targeted companies. According to Arbor’s ninth annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security…

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