Monday 14 December 2015 5:26 am

TalkTalk style cyber attacks on firms could be set to worsen next year

Hackers will increasingly use distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to knock websites offline and dodge cyber security, businesses are being warned.

Experts predict that business is likely to see an increase in the use of DDoS attacks being used as a smokescreen to distract IT teams.

Labelled “dark DDoS”, this technique was reportedly used by hackers in the high profile attacks on TalkTalk and Carphone Warehouse that saw the companies lose thousands of customers’ personal and financial details.

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TalkTalk has admitted that it came under a DDoS attack with digital security experts claiming this was designed to hide a more sophisticate attack.

Dave Larson, chief operating officer at Corero Network Security, said: “The Carphone Warehouse attack in August was interesting because it was one of the first publicly reported cases of dark DDoS in the public domain.”

However, internet service providers (ISP) are increasingly providing DDoS protection services.

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Dave Larson adds: “The technology exists for ISPs to turn this problem into a business opportunity.”