“If an attacker wants to take down a company’s online presence they can either go after the website directly, they can go after VPN concentrators, content distribution networks and things of that nature, or they can simply go after the DNS server,” says Netscout’s Roland Dobbins. Credit: iStock “If an attacker wants to take down a company’s online presence they can either go after the website directly, they can go after VPN concentrators, content distribution networks and things of that nature, or they can simply go after the DNS server,” says Netscout’s Roland Dobbins. Credit: iStock

Insurance agencies and brokerages are among the most frequently targeted businesses for domain name system (DNS) water-torture attacks, a form of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that has seen a 353% increase in daily deployments since the start of 2023, according to Netscout Systems, Inc.

For background, a DDoS is an attack that aims to overwhelm a target and its infrastructure, say a website, with a flood of internet traffic with the goal of creating a logjam. With the site’s servers being overwhelmed, regular users will not be able to access it.

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