Firms hit rivals with web attacks

Friday, 4 May 2007, 3:24 PM EST

Legitimate businesses are turning to cyber criminals to help them cripple rival websites, say security experts. The rise in industrial sabotage comes as some suggest cyber criminals are turning away from using web-based attack tools in extortion rackets.

Experts suspect this is because of the risks involved in mounting such an attack on a web shop or retailer. Instead the tools, usually hijacked home computers, are being used to pump out junk e-mail.

At the BBC.

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