The gambling industry has been growing at a high speed over the past years. Despite the strict rules and regulations in this industry, the internet is now crowded with online gambling sites.
The competition is huge and some competitors are using unlawful ways to compete with the others in the industry. They are using DDoS attacks.
What are DDoS attacks?
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks make the gambling site unavailable for use due to too much traffic. Most of the activities in online casinos are conducted in real-time.
So, too much traffic results in latency, and the users cannot use the website properly. The sites are susceptible to DDoS attacks during rush hours like weekends or during major sporting events when people want to bet on their favourite sports.
DDoS attacks can be in the form of Advanced Persistent Threats or short attacks. The Advanced Persistent Threats result in multiple attacks and they may last for days and even weeks.
Professional hackers are needed for this type of attack. On the other hand, short attacks take place for less than half an hour and can be done by anyone.
Impact of DDoS attacks
DdoS attacks can cost a gambling site a lot of money and it can affect its reputation as well. DDoS attacks lead to slow performance and this affects gambling, especially sports betting that takes place in real-time.
Users start to lose trust and they often quit the site. Data is often lost, including private information. It affects the revenue of the business. Recovery cost is very high as well.
To tackle these attacks, the network must be secured. Security professionals must be able to detect such threats and take appropriate measures.