I was wondering what the repercussions were if a Bitcoin exchange or website that holds bitcoins were to succumb to a DoS attack.
In my understanding, all a denial-of-service attack does is deny legitimate users access to the website. However, btc-e.com, a large Bitcoin exchange, and many Tor hidden services (which use Bitcoin as a primary form of payment) seem to fall victim to DoS attacks.
Does this leave these websites vulnerable to bitcoin theft? If not, why perform the attack in the first place?
Thank you all.