As usual, Gunter Ollmann posted a great story on the Damballa blog titled Want to rent an 80-120k DDoS Botnet? He writes:
[T]his particular operator is offering a botnet of between 80k and 120k hosts capable of launching DDoS attacks of 10-100Gbps – which is more than enough to take out practically any popular site on the Internet. The price for this service? $200 per 24 hours – oh, and there’s a 3 minute try-before-you-buy.
Someone please tell me how much it costs to provision equipment and services sufficient to sustain network operations during a 10-100 Gbps DDoS attack. I bet it is much more than $200 per day. This extreme level of asymmetry demonstrates another reason why intruders have the upper hand in network attack and defense.
Situations like this remind me that an insurance model might work. Insurance works when many contribute but few suffer simultaneous disasters. Perhaps organizations could buy insurance policies to cover losses due to DDoS, rather than provision for the disaster? Or do organizations already do that? I know some work with companies like Prolexic specifically to mitigate DDoS, but how about with insurers?