Today we are not going to explore malware or any other overtly malicious traffic. Instead this post is a warning about dishonest marketing tactics used by services claiming to improve your website traffic or Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
We recently received a report from one our clients claiming that their website was experiencing a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. Our Website Firewall offers DDoS protection capable of mitigating very large-scale attacks and it is rare that we need to step in to help mitigate. After a quick look, it was clear that no DDoS attack was occurring. As I suspected the site was being fully protected by our Website Firewall and there was no malicious traffic to be found. However, I did notice some strange traffic patterns that piqued my interest, so I felt it was worth investigating the issue further.