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The cost of launching a DDoS attack

23
Mar
2017
The cost of launching a DDoS attack

A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is one of the most popular tools in the cybercriminal arsenal. The motives behind such attacks can vary – from cyber-hooliganism to extortion.

There have been cases where criminal groups have threatened their victims with a DDoS attack unless the latter paid 15 bitcoins (more than $5,000). Often, a DDoS attack is used to distract IT staff while another cybercrime such as data theft or malware injection is carried out.

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