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DoS and DDoS Attack Mitigation Case Study

Fragrance and Beauty Products Retailer Calls on Prolexic for DDoS Mitigation

Industry hit by intense denial of service attacks finds solution in Prolexic’s DDoS mitigation service

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A global fragrance and beauty products retailer found itself taken offline by cyber attackers employing a stealthy, randomized application layer 7 distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. The downtime continued for several days, leading customers to spread the news on Twitter that the website was out of service, and rumors started that the company might be out of business.

The retailer fought back at first using the resources of two major service providers, but the denial of service attack was too complex and its volume too large for those service providers to mitigate.

As the company watched its customers flee, the firm turned to Prolexic’s expert DDoS mitigation service. Despite the unusual size and sophistication of the DDoS attack, Prolexic had the site restored within five minutes. In fact, two other companies in the fragrance and beauty products industry had called Prolexic several days before for DDoS mitigation of similar application layer 7 attacks.


“These attacks were of a nature we hadn’t seen before. Years ago, we identified complex Layer 7 attacks were increasing, and proactively developed monitoring, alerting and mitigation tools to address them before they became mainstream. We were ready to block this attack quickly and were able to easily and rapidly bring this retailer’s site back online.”

Protect your organization from DoS and DDoS attacks. In this case study you’ll learn about the DDoS attacks faced by this fragrance and beauty products retailer and how Prolexic’s DDoS mitigation service blocked the attacks. DDoS attacks end here.

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