DoS Attacks On The Rise

Denial of Services (DoS) attacks on websites are on the rise, up 82% over the same time last year. It's a pretty easy way to get your point across (or just get bragging rights) - it's publicly visible as the site is effectively "taken down", and there are hacker "kits" available that make the actual process available to whoever wants to take the time to do it. Often the assumed reason is that the hacker(s) disagree with the viewpoint or politics of the affected site; recent victims are WikiLeaks (ironically), Demonoid (a torrent tracker site) and KrebsOnSecurity (again pretty ironic).