Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are growing in both frequency and sophistication, and a successful attack can wreak havoc on your business. In gaming, DDoS attacks have temporarily taken down Xbox Live and Playstation Network, Blizzard®, Ubisoft®, and others.
There are a number of types of DDoS attacks, but the goal of all of them is to flood your network with traffic so that it overloads the bandwidth or monopolizes its resources to the point of depletion. Requests come from multiple points across the internet, either through a script or a bot, and it destabilizes the service, or makes it unavailable.
A successful DDoS attack can prevent your customers from reaching you. If you’re an eCommerce site, you’ll lose sales. If you’re a subscription service, you could lose customers. Downtime can be devastating to businesses of all sizes, and it should be on the mind of anyone who relies on their online presence to grow revenue.
Many hosting services offer anti-DDoS technology designed to filter “bad” traffic out and allow “good” traffic to reach your server. Yet they are often limited by a) the bandwidth they can dedicate to mitigating DDoS attacks, and b) the sophistication of the technology used to conduct an attack.
While most DDoS attacks take place at layer 3 (the network layer) and layer 4 (often referred to as the “transport” layer), some of the most sophisticated attacks target layer 7, the application layer. These are the hardest for Anti-DDoS solutions to mitigate because, of all of the attacks, they appear the most like legitimate traffic. Online games are particularly susceptible to these methods.
In order to provide mitigation for application layer attacks, OVHcloud™ analyzed the vulnerabilities of many popular online games, and created sets of rules for users to deploy in order to filter out “bad” traffic. It’s a manual process that, combined with our 17+ Tbps network, protects our users from all of the common DDoS attacks.
Read more about how OVHcloud DDoS protection works, and check out a list of compatible games, here.