On the morning of November 24, Sony’s employees powered up their computers after the weekend off, ready for the short work week ahead. On this morning, however, they weren’t greeted by their familiar desktops. Instead, every computer screen flashed the same ominous image: a red skeleton, with a warning message that “this is just the beginning.”
Think your business is immune from the threat of Internet-based attacks? Norse’s hacking map may have you thinking otherwise.
The international security firm Incapsula recently reported that there has been a 240 percent increase in Denial of Service and Distributed Denial of Service attacks (DDoS) over the past 12 months (you can learn more about what these attacks are here). According to a 2013 report conducted by IDG Research Services, the average cost of an outage caused by one of these DDoS attacks could cost an internet-reliant company as much as $100,000 an hour.