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September 17, 2012

Prolexic Alleviates DDoS Attacks Against EntroPay

Ixaris System has been successfully operating a virtual credit card website called EntroPay. Recently, the EntroPay website was seriously affected with a high-volume Layer 4 DDoS attack. A specialist in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, Prolexic has now mitigated the issue by implementing its solutions on the EntroPay website.

EntroPay is one of the extremely flourishing virtual prepaid cards launched in Europe. Customers are offered a secure, flexible and immediate method of sending and receiving payments on the Web. The company’s virtual prepaid Visa card is honored by millions of merchants across the globe.

The prepaid Visa card can be acquired by anyone after opening and financing an account at the EntroPay website.

As the acceptance of EntroPay among Web users grew, EntroPay was attacked by DDoS denial of service attacks. While user information was not tampered with, the EntroPay site was unavailable for quite some time due to the DDoS attacks.

In association with its Internet Service Provider, EntroPay had utilized a hardware improvement appliance to augment network fortification. It was, however, unable to prevent a very high-volume traffic attack as the appliance could only handle 100Mbps.

“The first half of 2012 has seen an increase in the number and size of DDoS attacks on financial industry websites,” said Stuart Scholly, president of Prolexic. “The recent attacks against are no surprise in light of the escalating activity against the financial industry.”

Prolexic was asked to offer DDoS detection and DDoS protection services to EntroPay. The firm’s PLXrouted service is now being used by Ixaris for ensuring DDoS protection to the EntroPay website.

As a part of this service, on-premises equipment is tracked in order to identify DDoS attacks. During an attack, Border Gateway (News - Alert) Protocol (BGP) is used to activate the traffic-routing service to Prolexic's 500 Gbps cloud-based denial of service DDoS improvement infrastructure.

“As a Level 1 PCI (News - Alert) compliant financial services provider, the security of our service is of the utmost importance so any attack is something we take very seriously,” said Tim Murfet, CIO at Ixaris Systems. “Once our traffic is routed through Prolexic’s network, we’re immediately back in business.”

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Edited by Braden Becker

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