The Strategist

Experts: DDoS attacks are on the rise

05/08/2020 - 03:24

Against the backdrop of the novel coronavirus pandemic, the number of DDoS attacks in the world in the first quarter increased by 80% compared to the same period in 2019 and doubled compared to the fourth quarter. Duration of the attacks increased as well, according to a study by Kaspersky Lab.
“Since the beginning of 2020, due to the coronavirus epidemic COVID-2019, life has almost completely moved to the Internet: people around the world are working, studying, shopping and having fun online. The situation also re-targeted DDoS attacks: in the first quarter, they hit the most sought-after resources are websites of medical organizations, delivery services, gaming and educational platforms,” the study said.

Thus, Kaspersky Lab notes, in mid-March, attackers tried to disable the website of the US Department of Health. The victim of another DDoS attack was the large Parisian network of hospitals Assistance Publique - Hopitaux de Paris. Food delivery service Lieferando (Germany) and Thuisbezorgd (Netherlands), as well as the Bavarian distance learning platform Mebis also suffered DDoS attacks.

In the first quarter of 2020, the share of DDoS attacks on educational and administrative web resources increased to 19% of the total number of incidents from 11% for the same period last year. Moreover, the number of attacks on such resources has tripled.

“The surge in the interest of cybercriminals in such resources may be due to the spread of coronavirus infection, which has made distance education services and official sources of information more popular. Since the beginning of 2020, the epidemic has an impact on all industries. It is logical to assume that it affects the market DDoS attacks. Moreover, in the near future, this impact may become even more pronounced,” the report notes.