Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, where hackers hijack innocent users’ PCs and then employ them to send so many requests to a Web server that it ceases to function properly, are an increasing threat to online gaming operators, according to Prolexic Technologies.
The firm – which sells services protecting against DDoS attacks – says that more than two dozen online gaming companies have received extortion emails, demanding payments of as much as $50,000 to stop the attacks hampering their operations.
Said chief operating officer Neal Quinn: “This appears to be a co-ordinated global threat. This is a focused level of effort accompanied by blackmail tactics, targeting a single industry in a compressed time frame.”
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