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HHS Offers Tips on Mitigating DDoS Risks

Latest cyber alert spells out critical steps to take to prevent falling victim to distributed denial-of-service attacks. To illustrate the risk DDoS attacks pose, the alert, makes reference to an arrest tied to the 2014 DDoS attack on Children’s Hospital of Boston and also the October internet of things-related botnet attack on internet service provider Dyn, which reportedly affected some electronic health record vendors’ websites.

DDoS attacks could also become more sinister, says Keith Fricke, partner and principal consultant at tw-Security. “DDoS attacks resemble ransomware in the sense that both prevent access to information,” he says. “Criminals could sustain a DDoS and demand a ransom to stop” in order to…..

Fricke adds another tip to the OCR Action List. “Get in the habit of downloading security patches and keep them on file even if you aren’t able to….

 

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