Who and why makes DDOS attacks?

Started by amomswish, Aug 25, 2022, 02:05 AM

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Is there a way to determine the perpetrator and motive behind a DDOS attack on domains, considering that we are not a registered organization and have low website traffic? Our domains are currently being subjected to a significant attack, leaving us curious about the reasoning behind it.

Some of our domains are being targeted while others remain unaffected. IP modification does not seem to be a solution since the attacker seems to be driven by domain names rather than host IPs.


How did you come to the conclusion that there was an attack? I find that hosting providers often use such claims to explain issues that are a result of overselling and upselling services. It's a common occurrence where they often blame non-existent attacks on overloaded webservers.

It's disheartening when a website crashes after just 100 visits. Once, I had a hosting provider who considered even the slightest site traffic as a DDoS attack, which was simply ridiculous and misleading to clients. Even if they claim that there were millions of requests, it's hard to place complete trust in these figures.

It's essential to have reliable hosting providers who can guarantee the stability of the website without resorting to false information about attacks. It's always wise to do careful research before selecting a hosting provider to ensure they can cater to your needs without causing further complications.


What motivates people to organize DDoS attacks? While the purpose is to harm websites, the reason behind it varies from attacker to attacker. It could be as simple as a desire to eliminate competition or as complex as expressing political or social ideas through hаcktivism. One of the most common reasons for DDoS attacks are:

Unfair competition
For example, if two online stores sell similar products, an attack on the website of one of the stores can lead to increased sales for the other. While the affected store tries to solve its website problems, the competitor's sales skyrocket. Small and medium-sized businesses are particularly vulnerable to such attacks if they don't take adequate measures to counter DDoS attacks. In such cases, companies may lose their customers, profits, and reputation in just a few hours.

This type of cyberattack is committed to either draw public attention to a cause or to protest against a particular issue. Using DDoS attacks, hаcktivist groups can disrupt government or corporate sites to emphasize their message. They usually remain anonymous while their actions are attributed to a collective group. During the Hong Kong protests in 2019, Telegram, a messaging app used by the protesters, was targeted with a powerful DDoS attack. This type of cyberattack represents a new and equally threatening form of protest.

Some cyberattacks are initiated to demand ransom money. Attackers may contact website owners and threaten to conduct prolonged DDoS attacks unless they receive a specific amount of money. These attackers usually operate anonymously and may demand payment through cryptocurrency.

The reasons behind DDoS attacks are not always clear, and their consequences can be devastating. Effective cybersecurity measures and awareness of potential risks can help individuals and organizations protect themselves from such attacks.