10 Cyber Threats Small Businesses Can't Ignore
SMBs must be serious about cybersecurity now that they're targets, too
The email came from "Ivan" in Russia: "After a few minutes I'll start a DDoS attack on your site, and it will cease to work," the message said. "If you don't want to lose any profit, you pay me only $3,500."
Endless Wardrobe, the Australian online clothing retailer under attack, refused to pay. As threatened, the site was flooded with bogus information requests, overwhelmed, and down for a week. Endless Wardrobe worked with its hosting provider to blunt the attack, but the defenses erected by the provider also blocked many legitimate customers.
The retailer, with three full-time employees and three part-timers, lost customers and at least a few thousand dollars in business, says general manager Andrew Burman....