Distributed denial of service attacks, also known as DDoS, are becoming a major threat. They can bring websites and networks down, and generally make a lot of noise demanding attention.
And according to a new Kaspersky Lab report, that is exactly what hackers are using them for.
The strategy goes that as businesses are preoccupied with handling DDoS attacks, cybercriminals and hackers can use the opportunity for another, more targeted type of attack — like spear phishing, happens in the background. The conclusion comes in Kaspersky Lab’s report, which polled businesses about their cybersecurity experiences.
More than half (56 percent) say DDoS is being used to cover something else.