DDoS Attacks Mostly Used to Create Diversion, Neustar Survey Finds

Attacks increasingly used by hackers to create diversion and prevent IT security teams from detecting a bigger attack.

Margee Abrams is director of IT security services product marketing for Neustar.

The report, which surveyed around 250 IT directors, CTOs and CIOs and focused on attacks in 2014, found that 52 percent of the companies falling victim to a DDoS attack also found themselves targeted for theft—customer data, intellectual property, or funds—or a malware injection. The number is a 24 percent increase compared to 2013's statistics.

DDoS attacks are aimed at making an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic. But according to the survey, it seems that this type of

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