1. Are DDoS attacks expensive?

We’ve previously mentioned that DDoS attacks are cheaper than you might have expected. However, those are entry-level options, with a number of more sophisticated methods available for hackers.

2. Are DDoS attacks illegal?

Yes. DDoS attacks are illegal in many countries around the world. For example, in the United States, if you’re found guilty of causing intentional harm to a computer or server in a DDoS attack, you could be given a prison sentence of up to 10 years. In the UK, you could receive a prison sentence, a fine or both.

3. How long does a DDoS attack last?

It depends on the nature of the attack, but some can last for up to 24 hours. If the entire network has been taken down, there’s little you can do to get things working. If you’ve experienced a suspicious connection drop while playing an online game, it’s best to reset your router or contact your ISP.

4. How do I know if I’ve been attacked?

First off, expect to start lagging and be kicked off the game or service eventually. Were you winning easily, or did you lag out at a critical moment? If your connection was otherwise perfect, we’d be suspicious of anyone you’re playing against.

5. Can I find out who was behind the DDoS attack?

It will be tough to identify anyone behind a DDoS attack, but you could get in touch with your ISP to get somebody on the case. If you’ve been hit with a DDoS attack while gaming, you could get in touch with the service directly, whether it be PSN, Xbox Live, or Nintendo. They should be able to ban the account if they can confirm that they’ve DDoSed you.

6. Are there practical reasons for DDoS attacks?

Yes. For example, you might need to test a server to see how it reacts to an influx of new users, such as before a major update. A service may also conduct tests to see how well they will cope when targeted by hackers.