Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks have been wreaking havoc with e-commerce sites. These attacks bombard sites with so much internet traffic, that their regular customers cannot get through to do business with them. Hackers get into computers and turn them into “bots”, which are then used to attack e-commerce sites.
Symantic reported an average of 927 DDOS attacks per day in the first six months of 2005. This was up 679% from the last six months of 2004.