[ISN] Pentagon Researchers Will Wage Counterattack on Crippling ‘DDoS’ Cyber Strikes

http://www.nextgov.com/cybersecurity/2015/08/pentagon-researchers-will-wage-counterattack-crippling-ddos-cyber-strikes/119192/ By Aliya Sternstein Nextgov.com August 17, 2015 The Pentagon has in mind a three-pronged counterattack against a decades-old form of cyber assault that continues to paralyze government and industry networks, despite its low cost of sometimes $10 a hit. Beginning next spring, military-funded researchers are scheduled to produce new tools that would quickly enable organizations to bounce back from so-called distributed denial-of-service attacks. A recovery rate of at most 10 seconds is the goal, according to the Defense Department. Today, attackers have a relatively easy time aiming bogus traffic at computer servers to knock them offline. One reason is that computer systems often are consolidated, making for a wide target area. Another weakness is the predictable behavior of systems that support Web services. And finally, certain types of DDoS attacks that evince little malicious traffic go undetected. […]