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Digital Identity, Security & Online Fraud

Study shows SMBs blame their competitors for DDoS attacks

Monday 6 March 2017 | 10:21 AM CET

SMBs who were victim to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on their IT system consider competitors responsible for the action, according to research by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International.

Close to half (48%) of SMB representatives suspect their rivals of staging an experienced DDoS attack compared to only 36% of enterprises. In contrast, respondents from big companies put more blame on former employees and foreign governments.

In terms of how attacks are launched across the globe, more than half (56%) of DDoS victims in Asia Pacific blame competitors, and over a quarter blame foreign governments (28%). Personal grudges carry more suspicion in the region too; one in three (33%) points the finger at former staff.

Nevertheless, only a third (37%) of businesses in Western Europe suspect foul play by their competitors with a fifth (17%) blaming foreign governments.

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