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
"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
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
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.
Riverhead Networks and Multi-Verification Process are trademarks
of Riverhead Networks Inc. All other brand and product names are
trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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