Data and securityCyber SecurityDDoS attacks on the rise as UK named as a key target

DDoS attacks on the rise as UK named as a key target

New research has revealed that the UK is one of the biggest targets for DDoS criminals, as the number of attacks continues to soar.

New research has revealed that the UK is one of the biggest targets for DDoS criminals, as the number of attacks continues to soar.

The latest Imperva Global DDoS Threat Landscape Report discovered that the UK is the second-most targeted nation, being hit by over nine per cent of all DDoS attacks in the first three months of 2016. Only the US suffered more, at 50.3 per cent.

 

Main source

Businesses of all sizes are being targeted by the global threat of DDoS attacks, according to the report, which also revealed that South Korea is the main source of DDoS attacks around the globe. This is partly down to a sharp rise in botnet activity in the country according to Imperva. Russia and Ukraine also topped the list of originating countries, particularly via the Generic!BT malware which is Trojan used to compromise Windows computers.

 

Frequency increase

Finally, Imperva also saw the frequency of attacks continue to increase. In the first quarter of 2016, every other site that came under attack was targeted more than once. The number of sites that were targeted between two and five times increased from 26.7 percent to 31.8 percent.

Imperva’s Igal Zeifman said: “Every DDoS attack mitigated is an invitation for the attacker to try harder. This is the reality of DDoS protection business and the common motive for many of the trends we are observing in the DDoS threat landscape today.”

Related Articles

Making the cloud a safe space

Cloud Computing Making the cloud a safe space

4d Guest Writer
Leading cyberlaw academic calls for review of CCTV and AFR implementation

Cyber Security Leading cyberlaw academic calls for review of CCTV and AFR implementation

1w Austin Clark
Government security analysts 'at risk of being overwhelmed by attacks'

Cyber Security Government security analysts 'at risk of being overwhelmed by attacks'

2w Austin Clark
DCMS proposes new cyber security council in latest consultation

Cyber Security DCMS proposes new cyber security council in latest consultation

3w Austin Clark
Securing unified communications – securing countries and citizens

Cyber Security Securing unified communications – securing countries and citizens

3w Guest Writer
IoT security: a barrier to deployment?

Cyber Security IoT security: a barrier to deployment?

3w Guest Writer
Cyber matters – now not later

Cyber Security Cyber matters – now not later

4w Guest Writer
Housing associations collaborate around cyber awareness

Cyber Security Housing associations collaborate around cyber awareness

4w Austin Clark