Kaspersky, international leader in the IT security sector, raises the alarm: DDoS attacks are almost
doubled in the last quarter of 2019 and that do not stop even on the weekend.
DDoS means “Distributed DoS” and represents an evolution with respect to DoS attacks (“Denial of Service”): if these aim to prevent the use of a network resource , for example a website, tens of thousands of systems also participate in DDos, making it much more difficult to take countermeasures.
According to the analysis released by Kaspersky the number of attacks blocked by Kaspersky DDoS Protection in the last quarter of 2018 it was only 56% of the attacks recorded in the same period as the 2019.
About 28% of the attacks occurred on weekends, while the share of attacks that took place on Sunday grew by 2.5%, reaching a share 13%.
Numerous large-scale DDoS attacks, including those against financial institutions in South Africa, Singapore and the Scandinavian countries. These cyber attacks also targeted the Labor party in the United Kingdom in an attempt to destroy its digital systems and Minecraft servers installed in the Vatican.
These events demonstrate that the DDoS attack is still a very common method today for cybercriminals looking for an economic return or driven by ideological motivations. For this reason, organizations should be prepared to deal with this type of attack and should be informed in order to understand its evolution.
Although the number of DDoS attacks detected by Kaspersky DDoS Protection grew significantly in the latter part of
of the 2019 compared to the same period of the 2018, growth compared to the previous quarter was marginal: 8%.
However, a significant increase has been recorded in smart DDoS attacks, which normally focus on the application layer and are carried out by expert cybercriminals: it was estimated that the attacks in the third quarter of the 2019 were the 73% of those in the fourth quarter. An increase of this type was quite predictable, especially considering that the period
November – December is traditionally a key time for online businesses and sales.
Excluding, however, peaks of attacks on particular days such as Black Friday or the Christmas period.
“Despite significant growth at a general level, the period under review proved to be more peaceful
than we expected. The fact of not having detected real storms of attacks in some days
specific we believe it must be due to the fact that companies now choose to extend their activities
to involve customers throughout the holiday period. It is therefore no longer necessary that criminals
computer science sferrino attacks in conjunction with specific days. The attackers, however, are always in
able to find new attack methods, to hit people even in their spare time. That
of the cybercriminal, in fact, is not a common and ordinary job, attacks can affect users in
whatever moment. For this reason it is important that online resources are protected automatically
by solutions capable of preventing DDoS attacks “, commented Alexey Kiselev, Business
Development Manager of the Kaspersky DDoS Protection team.
How to protect yourself from these cyber attacks?
Kaspersky recommends to organizations that want to be protected from DDoS attacks, also in
during the weekend and on the days of the year most at risk, to take the following measures:
– Conducting stress tests and audits of web applications with internal employees or with the help of
external specialists, to find the weakest points of the corporate infrastructure.
– Identify specialists responsible for maintaining the operations of web resources.
Make sure they know how to move in case of DDoS attacks and that they are ready to take action too
outside of their normal working hours.
– Check the agreements with third parties and the related contact information. Among these agreements are
also contracts with Internet Service Providers. It is important to be able to reach and contact them
promptly in case of attack.
– Implement professional solutions to protect the organization from attacks. Kaspersky
DDoS Protection, for example, combines Kaspersky's vast experience in the fight against
cyber threats to the company's exclusive in-house developments. The solution protects the
organizations from any type of DDoS attack, regardless of when
Lorenzo Zacchetti, 1972, is a professional journalist, writer and expert in communication and marketing