How to Stop DDoS Attacks on Online Gamers

Pinging and DC spikes occurred when trying to beat long-time opponents, achieve Victory Royals and Royal Flushes. You, or the game you are playing, may be under a Denial of Service (DoS) attack.

What does this mean?

According to a recent report, more than one-third of cyber attacks targeting the online gaming and gambling industry in the third quarter of 2020 were centered on online gaming platforms. Denial-of-service and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, which can take thousands of players offline or slow down opponents by causing lag spikes, are rampant in the gaming industry.

But why do these attacks occur? And what can players do about these attacks?

What is a DDoS attack?

A DDoS attack is a malicious attempt to disrupt a network of computers in a remote location. In the context of gaming, the opposing team can use a DDoS attack to slow down the connection between their network and the game server. If the game server cannot be reliably accessed, delays, latency, and interruptions can occur. This gives the other team an advantage. In many cases, an organized DDoS attack will make game servers inaccessible and drop you out of the competition altogether.

Guaranteeing High-Quality Games through DDoS Protection

When DDoS attacks are detected, legacy solutions often respond by limiting traffic to avoid overloading the target system, as legitimate players, along with hackers, can be left behind. By the time the attack is analyzed and disabled, the damage to client sessions and the game’s reputation is already done.

In fact, hackers are launching attacks from multiple vendors, making it increasingly difficult for security teams to respond quickly and keep their platforms available.

Gaming platform operators need to take a proactive approach to protecting against DDoS, rather than waiting for cyber attacks to occur and responding to them. This starts with “zero trust,” a security model based on the idea that anything inside or outside the network perimeter should not automatically be trusted. Operators must perform multiple checks on legitimate access rights before granting access to a system.

How to protect

yourself First, the easiest way to protect yourself is to use the Internet in a legal, responsible, and safe manner. This means not visiting suspicious websites and not opening or clicking on suspicious e-mails or advertisements. Besides being illegal, downloading music, movies, and torrents is a great way to create bots that will abuse your Internet connection.

The second way to protect yourself (which should be used in conjunction with the first method) is to install anti-malware software that monitors your Internet connection. Anti-malware software uses existing malware reports and bot signatures to identify malware and prevent it from infecting your computer. In other words, it is only an imperfect countermeasure because new types of malware are constantly being created and only a limited number of people can find the signatures and report them to the software company.