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Massive DDoS attacks reach record levels as botnets make them cheaper to launch

Lucian Constantin | June 8, 2016
Nineteen attacks that exceeded 100Gbps were recorded during the first three months of 2016.

The most-hit industry was gaming, accounting for 55 percent of all attacks. It was followed by software and technology (25 percent), media and entertainment (5 percent), financial services (4 percent) and Internet and telecommunications (4 percent).

Being hit by one isn't the only way DDoS attacks can affect businesses: They can also be blackmailed with the threat of one, an increasing trend over the past year.

In some cases attackers don't even have to deliver on their threats. Researchers from CloudFlare reported recently that an extortion group earned $100,000 without ever launching a single DDoS attack.

 

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