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Riverhead-Protected Gambling Sites Easily Deflect Super Bowl Weekend DDoS Attacks
CUPERTINO, CA (ots) - Riverhead NetworksÂ™, a leading provider of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) solutions, today announced that its gaming customers were unaffected by the rash of attacks aimed at online gambling sites during the busiest time of the year: Super Bowl weekend.
While a number of sites were reportedly taken offline, Riverhead- protected customers reported they easily deflected any attacks aimed their way, enabling them to provide uninterrupted service throughout the weekend. Many of the attacks were launched by extortionists committing "cyber shakedowns," threatening to keep attacking until protection payments were made.
"The Super Bowl is the most important event of the year for us," says a network engineer at a Riverhead-protected gaming site. "That's what makes this weekend so attractive for the extortionists -- they know no one can afford any downtime. Fortunately, we had invested in the Riverhead solution several months ago as part of a comprehensive DDoS defense strategy to protect against a similar situation, and it really paid off. The attacks started on Friday and continued through the weekend, peaking at 200 megabits per second. But our site stayed up."
"As the weekend's events show, DDoS attacks are becoming a significant and growing threat to online enterprises, government agencies, and providers of all sizes," says Steve Woo, vice president of marketing and business development at Riverhead. "Not only were gaming sites a popular target, but Super Bowl weekend also saw a massive DDoS attack against SCO, launched by hundreds of thousands of 'zombie' hosts infected with the MyDoom worm -- exactly the type of severe attack that only Riverhead's new high-performance XT Series of appliances was designed to defend against. Clearly, any business with an online presence needs to be prepared, and Riverhead delivers the protection those businesses need."
About Riverhead Networks
Riverhead's solutions defend networks against crippling DDoS and worm attacks, securing Internet availability. By identifying and filtering out malicious traffic, the company's security systems ensure business continuity for ISPs, hosting centers and large enterprises, maintaining network and server availability for legitimate users.
Riverhead's patent-pending Multi-Verification ProcessÂ™ (MVP) architecture automatically blocks attack packets and forwards real customer transactions, without relying on other network devices. "Dynamic diversion" enables Riverhead to redirect only traffic flowing towards a targeted resource through the Riverhead Guard to block malicious packets, maximizing scalability and reliability benefits.
Riverhead Networks is funded by Sequoia Capital, Cisco Systems, Gemini Israel Funds, Intel Capital and Koor Venture Capital. For more information about Riverhead, visit www.riverhead.com.
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