Ransom-based DDoS threat? Don’t pay.

Ransomware attacks are on the rise again. And so are Ransom DDoS (RDDoS) attacks. Unlike ransomware attacks, RDDoS attacks do not even require the hacker to access an organization’s internal systems before it can be carried out — making any infrastructure exposed to the Internet vulerable to attack.

Extortion groups claiming to be Fancy Lazarus, Fancy Bear, Cozy Bear, the Lazarus Group, the Armada Collective or others are carrying out a DDoS attack and then following up with a ransom note demanding payment to stop the attack, or they may send the ransom note threatening a DDoS attack first.

In this video, Cloudflare’s CTO shares three steps to follow if you receive a ransom demand:

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Cloudflare was named a “Leader” according to the 2019 ‘IDC MarketScape: Worldwide DDoS Prevention Solutions' 1

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Cloudflare has received the most number of ‘High’ ratings as compared to the other 6 DDoS vendors across 23 assessment criteria in Gartner’s 2020 ‘Solution Comparison for DDoS Cloud Scrubbing Centers’ report 2

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1 Gartner “Solution Comparison for DDoS Cloud Scrubbing Centers,” Thomas Lintemuth, Patrick Hevesi, Sushil Aryal, 16 April 2020. Gartner subscribers access the report at: https://www.gartner.com/document/3983636

2 IDC MarketScape: Worldwide DDoS Prevention Solutions 2019 Vendor Assessment, by Martha Vazquez, March 2019, IDC #US43699318. Access the report at https://www.cloudflare.com/lp/idc-ddos-marketscape/

3 Forrester Wave™: DDoS Mitigation Solutions, Q1 2021, Forrester Research, Inc., March 3, 2021. Access the report at https://www.cloudflare.com/forrester-wave-ddos-mitigation-2021/