Criminals are increasingly targeting corporations with distributed denial-of-service attacks designed not to disrupt business networks but to extort thousands of dollars from the companies.
Those targeted are increasingly deciding to pay the extortionists rather than accept the consequences, experts say. While reports of this type of crime have circulated for several years, most victimized companies remain reluctant to acknowledge the attacks or enlist the help of law enforcement, resulting in limited awareness of the problem and few prosecutions.
Yahoo, SBC offer free online security suite
Yahoo and telecommunication partner SBC Tuesday rolled out a free suite of security software to their U.S. DSL customers, saying the move comes in response to customer demand for stronger online protection.
The suite includes anti-spyware and anti-virus tools, a pop-up blocker, parental controls and e-mail protection. SBC Yahoo DSL subscribers can manage the tools from an integrated dashboard, the companies said.
It is the latest among security offerings served up by ISPs that have been under pressure to keep up with growing online threats.