The total number of attacks reported by FireHost dropped from more than 17,000,000 to less than 9,000,000 from Q3 2013 to Q4 2014. According to FireHost, it has partly to do with IP reputation management filtering service that is creating a “black hole” effect that hackers don’t even attempt to attack FireHost servers.

IP reputation filtering intercepts web traffic from blacklisted IPs which stops malicious traffic with suspicious IP addresses. These attackers won’t be able to connect to protected networks without reason or response which cause them to go elsewhere. Attackers consider these areas as “black holes” that they need to avoid.

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