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DDoS attacks and other risks frequently coincide

A survey undertaken B2B International and by Kaspersky Lab has shown that, generally, a DDoS attack is just the tip of the iceberg.  Purposeful efforts to divert IT employees, although occasionally these aren’t coincidences. This strategy was called DDoS smokescreening.

In the survey, respondents frequently mentioned malware (21%) and hacking (22%) as the number one risks to their businesses, while DDoS was selected as the most serious hazard by just 6%. Data leaks were additionally found concurrently with an assault in 26% of instances.

Yet, even without taking collateral damage into consideration, DDoS attacks remain a serious issue that increasingly influences business resources. Especially, in 24% of all instances services were caused by a DDoS attack to be totally unavailable (39% for government-owned businesses). Due to such assaults, some trades failed in 34% of all instances (64% for transport companies). This past year, these amounts were lower: just 13% of businesses reported that their services had become totally unavailable due to DDoS attacks, while 29% of businesses as an outcome of such assaults experienced mistakes in trades.

“It’s natural that DDoS attacks are increasingly causing businesses difficulties. Techniques as well as the procedures used by offenders are evolving, with attackers trying to find new means of ‘freezing’ their casualties’ operations or masking intrusion in their systems. Despite a sizable staff of IT professionals it is nearly impossible for businesses regain their services independently and to manage a serious DDoS attack. Also, if other malicious action is happening at the exact same time, the damage is multiplied by this.

According to Kaspersky Lab, the best countermeasure against multi-vector attacks is all-inclusive protection that supplies security against DDoS attacks, intrusions and malware all at the exact same time.