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DDOS Attacks Increasingly Used as a Smokescreen for Data Theft

Real-time information and analytics provider Neustar has released a new report on distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks and their impact on businesses.

The figures in the 2014 “DDOS Attacks and Impacts Report” show that more than 90% of respondents view DDOS attacks as a similar or bigger threat compared to the previous year.

Experts say that DDOS attacks are increasingly used by cybercriminals as a smokescreen. This means that they’re using DDOS attacks to keep the targeted company’s IT staff distracted while they plant malware that’s designed to steal data.


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Re: DDOS Attacks Increasingly Used as a Smokescreen for Data Theft

The following is a update on DDOS Attacks

By/ By Paul Rubens  |  Posted June 19, 2014


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Your organization is more likely to come under a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack than ever before, according to a new report. But if you end up on the receiving end of a DDoS attack, that may be the least of your worries.

That's because hackers are using DDoS attacks as decoys to occupy security staff while they attack their networks and steal data, according to Susan Warner, a DDoS product specialist at cloud-based DDoS mitigation service provider Neustar.

Presenting the findings of her organization's latest DDoS Attacks and Impact Report at the recent InfoSecurity Europe 2014 conference, she said, "These attacks are increasingly being used as a smokescreen. If a company is caught flat-footed by the DDoS attack, IT staff are tied up in the moment of crisis. That is an ideal opportunity for hackers to attack."


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