Zombie Attack Crackdown
By emily
Prolexic, a leading provider of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) solutions and security consulting products, has extended its global reach through a partnership with TeleCity, a provider of managed data centre services.

TeleCity will be Prolexic’s European host location providing a secure environment for its IT infrastructure. The Prolexic infrastructure is already live in TeleCity, with several leading online gambling, including Sporting Index, and foreign exchange organisations using the service.

Barrett Lyon, CTO of Prolexic said: “Cyber terrorists are now utilising up to 75,000 zombie computers in one attack, which means that DDoS attacks can exceed 1 gigabyte in bandwidth. This is a problem for routers and firewalls, as they are unable to respond to a dynamic attack which may grow in size and complexity. Therefore, as attacks become more sophisticated, the limitations of traditional security measures are exposed, especially as we are seeing attacks that target multiple network layers simultaneously and more effectively mask their source.”

Hugo Smith, IT director at Sporting Index Limited, said: “The issue of DDoS has been well documented and we were no exception to the rule – like many organisations we were receiving threats and being attacked. Unfortunately, our ISP was unable to provide us with the level of protection our business required. This led us to Prolexic, who were able to install a robust solution in a matter of hours. Since then, Prolexic technology has successfully repelled a number of attacks, so that our business can continue as normal.”

TeleCity has decided to introduce the service following demands from customers for greater protection against increasing malicious activity on the internet.

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