We’re counting down the top cybersecurity threats of the coming year.  So far we’ve tackled ransomware and cryptojacking.

Click here to read part 1

Click here to read part 2

THREAT #3: DDOS-ATTACKS

DDoS-attacks (Distributed Denial of Service) are expected remain one of the biggest threats in 2020. Hackers attack servers overloading them with tons of traffic making them inaccessible to legitimate requests. DDoS attacks are not necessarily sophisticated, but they can easily ruin a company’s reputation as well as its financial stability.

Earlier this spring, there were attacks against the system that regulates the power grid for Los Angeles and Salt Lake City.  The Ubisoft video game company was the target over the summer.

Why do hackers use DDoS? Some of them do it just for entertainment, some criminals pursue political or commercial agenda. For example, they can influence elections or hamper the growth of a competitor’s company. DDoS is also a perfect shielding for other crimes. While webmasters are busy with fixing the bug, criminals could be accessing valuable files on the server.

Tomorrow, we move on to part 4.

~ Dean Chester

Author`s bio: Dean Chester is a tech enthusiast, computer geek, and founder of www.cooltechzone.com. This site was created as a non-profit project; it neither sells anything nor advertises any IT product. Together with his brother, Dean is struggling for the internet that is open, globally connected, trustworthy, secure and available to everyone.