Press Release

DDoS attack against the Ministry of Justice would have been difficult to defend


London, United Kingdom – A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack against the Ministry of Justice’s website which brought it down today for several hours would have been difficult to defend against says IT security company MWR InfoSecurity.

Ian Shaw, Managing Director of the company, said: “This sort of attack is difficult to defend but to robust and secure websites they are not likely to cause any long term damage. They generally cause inconvenience to the user. The impact will vary depending on the service the site offers and the length of the downtime.”

Research has shown that DDoS attacks are increasing in both size and complexity. These are illegal in the UK under the Police and Justice Act 2006. However, there may not be similar laws in other countries where the attacks could be coordinated or launched from.

He added: “DDoS attacks rely on PCs and other devices being used to fire traffic at the target site, often without their owners being aware. Eventually with enough traffic aimed at a single site it will cause outages.”

“Sites such as GCHQ are hosted on content delivery networks, not directly controlled by the government. These content delivery networks provide some defence against DDoS attacks but in this case the attack was severe enough to cause an outage.”



Accreditations & Certificates

MWR is an accredited member of The Cyber Security Incident Response Scheme (CSIR) approved by CREST (Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers).
MWR is certified under the Cyber Incident Response (CIR) scheme to deal with sophisticated targeted attacks against networks of national significance.
We are certified to comply with ISO 9001 and 14001 in the UK, internationally accepted standards that outline how to put an effective quality and environmental management systems in place.
MWR is certified to comply with ISO 27001 to help ensure our client information is managed securely.
As an Approved Scanning Vendor MWR is approved by PCI SSC to conduct external vulnerability scanning services to PCI DSS Requirement 11.2.2.
We are members of the Council of Registered Ethical Security Testers (CREST), an organisation serving the needs of the information security sector.
MWR is a supplier to the Crown Commercial Service (CCS), which provides commercial and procurement services to the UK public sector.
MWR is a Qualified Security Assessor, meaning we have been qualified by PCI to validate other organisation's adherence to PCI DSS.
As members of CHECK we are measured against high standards set by NCSC for the services we provide to Her Majesty's Government.
MWR’s consultants hold Certified Simulated Attack Manager (CCSAM) and Certified Simulated Attack Specialist (CCSAS) qualifications and are authorized by CREST to perform STAR penetration testing services.