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Denial of Service attacks drop

Extortion not worth the effort
Wed May 02 2007, 08:55
EXTORTIONISTS have stopped bothering to use Denial of Service Attacks as a threat to businesses, according to security outfit Symantec.

The company said on its web page it has noticed a sharp decline in the daily number of denial of service attacks.

It has concluded that hackers have finally woken up to the fact that DoS attacks are not profitable. DoS extortion attacks are usually carried out by a bot-network owner. DoS attacks are "loud and risky" and could risk of losing some of their bots, if not the entire network.

A DoS extortionist has to carry out at least one successful DoS attack before they can even demand their money and if the company does not pay up they have to follow through.

But DoS extortionists are waking up to the fact that if the target has refused to pay, it is likely that they will never pay.

So the attacker has to spend time and resources on a lost cause.

Spam is a better use of a bot network. It makes more money than extortion, is less likely to be detected, and not result in the loss of a bot-network if it is.

Symantec said that during the last six months there has been an increase in Spam over here. µ


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