Less than a week ago the Luxembourg Government was knocked offline by a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that lasted at least 24 hours. It is a situation all too familiar to business behemoths such as Twitter, Spotify and CNN who were recently subjected to the largest ever simultaneous DDoS attack, and it is a ever-present threat to all those with an online presence with substantial costs and reputational damage the inevitable consequence.
New research suggests the darkweb, the criminal underbelly of the internet from where the nefarious ways and means of DDoS attacks usually originate, may hold a much-needed technological booster for the net's immune system.
"Onion-routing" - bouncing information all over the world, instead of A to B, makes the darkweb four times stronger in resisting DDoS attacks than the ordinary web. Those corporations facing the daily threat of crippling strikes will undoubtedly look to draw this into their cyber armoury.
The internet is amazingly robust, but like any complex network is still prone to the occasional failure. A new analysis using network theory explains why the dark net – the hidden underbelly of the regular internet, invisible to search engines – is less vulnerable to attacks. The lessons learned could help inform the design of more robust communications networks in the future.