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5 Costly Hacker Attacks Plaguing Enterprises

Security firm Solutionary, which analyzed data from more than 2,000 customers, found many common security weaknesses and threats force firms to open their wallets. Here are five of them.

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DDoS Attacks Masking Larger Problem

Solutionary said it found 75 percent of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks targeted SSL protected components of Web applications in 2012. This kind of attack, which is slightly more sophisticated than a traditional TCP/UDP-based DDoS attack, is harder to block, the firm said. A 10.5 hour attack on one financial services firm exceeded $65,000 to identify, respond and investigate the incident, Solutionary said. A DDoS attack can also be used as a tool to throw off security teams to the real problem. In some cases, DDoS was used to distract attention from a fraudulent wire transfer, Solutionary said.

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