Recent high-profile distributed denial of service attacks on the Internet’s infrastructure and an investigative journalist’s website have spiked concerns over possible disruptions of traffic during the biggest online shopping weekend of the year.
Online spending last year exceeded US$5.8 billion on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, according to Adobe, and that figure is expected to be even higher this year.
“If you want to mess with the economy, that’s the most disruptive time to do that,” said John Wu, CEO of Gryphon.
“A lot of retail sales have shifted from brick and mortar to online these days,” he told TechNewsWorld. “Cyber Monday is a huge day for a lot retailers.”