DDos Attacks in South Africa Affect Every Aspect of Life

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Hackers have made South Africa a target for massive DDos attacks, and there doesn't seem to be an area of life that hasn't been affected. In what appears to be an all-out "war," the cyberattacks have hit banks, ISPs, governments, and even power grids. The onslaught has been so severe that all IT Departments are on alert for potential threats.

DDos is defined as: "A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is a malicious attempt to disrupt normal traffic of a targeted server, service or network by overwhelming the target or its surrounding infrastructure with a flood of Internet traffic. DDoS attacks achieve effectiveness by utilizing multiple compromised computer systems as sources of attack traffic. Exploited machines can include computers and other networked resources such as IoT devices. From a high level, a DDoS attack is like a traffic jam clogging up with highway, preventing regular traffic from arriving at its desired destination."

In layman's terms, the cybercriminals simply hit a targeted server with so much traffic by bots (aka "zombies") that it is not only overloaded, but keeps all other communication traffic from occurring. In October, 2019, the City of Johannesburg became a victim of a DDos cyberattack which ended with their information systems…
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