A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack can take down a company’s infrastructure, communications, applications, or other services. It costs money to recover from such an attack, but the revenue losses due to outages can be even higher. In 2021, the scale of these attacks hit record highs, and they are expected to continue to increase in number as botnets and DDoS-as-a-service platforms proliferate.
Cyber criminals have also begun demanding ransom payments for stopping the attacks — or not launching them in the first place.
As companies get better at defending against crypto-based ransomware, some experts expect that denial-of-service extortion will grow this year.