Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks represent a growing threat in 2018, as banks, brokers, and financial venues increasingly find themselves in the crosshairs. To help combat these security breaches, Akamai Technologies has developed extra protection protocols for MetaTrader 5 (MT5) brokers.
DDoS attacks represent an attempt to disrupt online services by overwhelming them with traffic from multiple sources. For brokers this is an extremely problematic endeavor leading to trading disruptions and lapses. Consequently, MT5 brokers have relied on third-party technology to help strengthen their defences.
The MT5 platform will be supporting new Anti-DDoS services from Akamai Technologies. More specifically, a new Anti-DDoS Proxy Server component provided by Akamai will allow brokers to transfer the burden of blocking unwanted connections to a third-party vendor’s server network.
Josh Shaul, Vice President of Web Security, Akamai Technologies, commented: “By leveraging Akamai’s massive global network as a defensive shield, MetaTrader 5 will now be able to immediately bolster the protection of its clients from DDoS attacks. Our tools allow stopping attackers long before they are able to reach the MetaTrader 5 systems or clients”.
This will help partition legitimate and unwanted connections for clients. When operating on an Anti-DDoS Proxy Server, all clients are connected to the provider’s public access points, rather than being connected directly to the access servers.
In doing so, unwanted connections will be sifted out of the provider’s own network of servers, while actual connections from authenticated clients are forwarded to the access servers. The new structure does little to disrupt existing broker infrastructure, making the measure highly beneficial given the risks posed.
The decision to rely on this technology for MT5 comes as little surprise given the increased emphasis over this past year from MetaQuotes on the newer platform variant. Given the looming risks posed of DDoS attacks, the newly supported functionality should serve as a further impetus for its adoption relative to MT4 platform, which has been gradually displaced since late 2016.