There's been a significant change in the nature of DDoS attacks that is leaving businesses exposed to data breaches and malware.
Cyber attacks against websites have been around for about a decade.
Akamai shared details of an increase in DDoS attacks from the Bitcoin extortionist group DD4BC, based on observation of attack traffic targeted at customers from September 2014 through August 2015.
US-based carrier and global backbone operator Level 3 has spotted a new vector being used for DDoS reflection attacks: Portmapper (or simply Portmap).
For the past three quarters, there has been a doubling in the number of DDoS attacks year over year, according to Akamai.
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