The Irish National Lottery website and ticket machines were targeted by a cyber-attack to disrupt operations. The investigations into the incident are still ongoing. Dave Larson, Chief Operating Officer of Corero Network Security provided the following expert opinion to @DFMag;
“Denial of Service attacks have been a threat to service availability for more than a decade. However, more recently these attacks have become increasingly sophisticated and multi-vector in nature, overcoming traditional defense mechanisms or reactive countermeasures.
“The growing dependence on the Internet makes the impact of successful DDoS attacks – financial and otherwise – increasingly damaging. The gaming, and gambling sectors would appear to be higher risk targets, due to the nature of the business.
“Enterprises must then harden the network edge against such attacks. Automatic detection and mitigation of attack traffic allows online properties and technical infrastructure to remain available in the wake of a DDoS event.”