More than two in five (43 per cent) businesses who were victim to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on their IT system believe their competitors were behind it. According to research by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, rival firms are considered more likely culprits than cybercriminals, which were cited as suspects by fewer than two in five (38 per cent) victims.
Kaspersky Lab’s 2016 IT Security Risks* study, found that industrial sabotage was considered to be the most likely reason behind a DDoS attack, coming out higher than political conspiracy and personal vendettas against a business. Only one in five attack victims (20 per cent) blamed foreign governments and secret service organisations; with the same proportion (21 per cent) suspecting disgruntled former employees.
When assessing the global picture, more than half (56 per cent) of DDoS victims in Asia Pacific blame competitors, and over a quarter blame foreign governments (28 per cent). Personal grudges carry more suspicion in the region too; one in three (33 per cent) points the finger at former staff. However, only a third (37 per cent) of businesses in Western Europe suspect foul play by their competitors with a fifth (17 per cent) blaming foreign governments.
Looking at attitudes by business size, businesses at the smaller end of the scale are more likely to suspect their rivals of staging an experienced DDoS attack. 48 per cent of SMB representatives believe this to be the case compared to only 36 per cent of enterprises. In contrast, respondents from big companies put more blame on former employees and foreign governments.
“It is clear that businesses feel their IT systems and private data are under siege from all sides,” says Kirill Ilganaev, Head of Kaspersky DDoS Protection at Kaspersky Lab. “With DDoS attacks becoming so frequent and so crippling, many suspect their competitors are behind them, as they look for ways to put their rivals out of action and steal their customers as a result. With such underhand tactics only increasing, it is imperative that businesses up their game to stay protected and impenetrable to attack.”
To help businesses defend themselves from DDoS attacks – regardless of attack origin – Kaspersky DDoS Protection provides a complete, integrated solution that includes everything a business needs to minimise the threat of DDoS attacks. The solution keeps businesses running smoothly by protecting them from the most complex and high-volume attacks.