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DDoS Attacks: If Money's Not The Motivator Anymore, What Is?

Hactivism replaces profit as the main driver behind most DDoS attacks, according to Arbor Networks' annual survey of network operators.

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DDoS Attack Trends

Money used to be the driving force behind Distributed Denial-of-Service attacks, which often were launched for competitive reasons or outright extortion. Not anymore. The pursuit of profit has been replaced by ideology as the single biggest reason for groups or individuals to try to take down an organization's or government agency's Web site. Any organization can become a target, as a plethora of DDoS attack tools are readily available on the Web. "What we saw in 2011 was the democratization of DDoS," said Roland Dobbins, solutions architect for security vendor Arbor Networks.

Following are the top eight trends listed in Arbor Networks' seventh annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report.

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