The New York Times published a piece highlighting the recent vulnerabilities of tech start-ups to attack. A few new companies have been targeted for ransom attacks, in which the hacker demands a payment (like $300) or they will initiate a denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on the site. DDoS attacks have been more common recently, hitting very large companies. This new wave of attacks focuses on small start-ups and only request small amounts of money.
While the FBI is investigating them, online companies should be on their guard and have a plan in place to safeguard against such attacks, or be ready to respond should one occur.