DDoS attacks are a competitive weapon of choice for slimy online businesses, according to IT directors who responded to a survey sponsored by Corero Network Security, seller of DDoS\u00a0defense and Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) technology.\tIn the survey of 200 IT directors, conducted by\u00a0Vanson Bourne, more than half said the attacks they experienced came from competitors. Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) said they're seriously concerned about getting DDoSed\u00a0and\u00a0more than a third (38 percent) admitted being hit by at least one attack in the last year.\tFrom the press release:\tContrary to the widespread belief that ideological and political motivation are the driving force behind DDoS attacks, more than half (52 percent) of the companies surveyed blames competitors looking to gain a business advantage.\u00a0\t\u201cHactivists are a threat to anybody who touches on public policy, privacy around the internet and of late anybody in law enforcement, but the average business will never find itself in the sights of groups like Anonymous, whereas every business has competitors, \u201c said Richard Stiennon, chief research analyst at IT-Harvest.\tUnfair business advantage was cited as the leading source of DDoSing reported by victim companies in each vertical surveyed: Financial services (62 percent), retail (47 percent) and manufacturing (46 percent).\u00a0The research found that financial extortion, the threat of DDoS for ransom money, was the least frequent motive for DDoS attacks, with enterprises citing it 12 percent of the time.\t\u201cAs businesses grow increasingly dependent on the Internet to reach customers and interact with partners and suppliers, so the attackers grow more sophisticated in their means of attack,\u201d said Neil Roiter, director of research, Corero. \u201cThis research reveals that enterprises across verticals are justifiably concerned about being targeted by DDoS attacks, and they should be particularly wary of the new low and slow application layer attacks, which appear to be legitimate and fly under the radar.\u201d\tSome interesting responses, though hardly surprising, in my opinion. Whenever I talk to someone in business about the threats they worry about, they usually mention competitors doing this sort of thing. That's especially true of people who run smaller businesses. The activities of Anonymous and the like are well known at this point, but I think business operators see it as something that has nothing to do with them.\tThis survey appears to validate that.