At a glance.
- DDoS as a holiday-season threat to e-commerce.
- Meta's GDPR fine.
- TikTok challenge spreads malware.
- US Cyber Command describes support for Ukraine's cyber defense.
DDoS as a holiday-season threat to e-commerce.
While consumers look to protect themselves from scams when shopping online during the holidays, retailers face an additional threat: distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks intended to make their sites unavailable to customers. Bloomberg Law reports that the motives for such attacks against e-commerce sites vary (it can be anything from extortion to economic disruption to hacktivist protest to the simple lulz), and that the threat actors can range from individuals to nation-state services. While such attacks are usually of relatively short duration, measured in minutes or at most hours as opposed to days, they can nonetheless exact a significant toll from affected merchants. And, unfortunately, victims seldom have any realistic legal recourse to DDoS attacks: the perpetrators are commonly out of reach.