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Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks on schools and higher institutions are reaching their all-time high, as DDoS tools become cheaper and more accessible than ever. What does it mean for online education?
At the start of school year in September this year in many cities around the world, educational institutions appeared to have experienced an increase in DDoS attacks that was around 118% greater than that in 2020.
Online retail is traditionally one of the most attacked industries, and during the preparation for school, the number of attacks on online stores increases significantly. With the help of cyberattacks, online retailers are trying to harm their competitors and cripple their websites.
Some of the most powerful DDoS attacks ever detected have been revealed by cybersecurity company StormWall. This specific botnet, which enabled DDoS attacks of up to 2TB/s, sets a new record over the entire life of the internet as we know it so far.
Research made by Boston Consulting Group suggests that companies in the financial market are 300 times more likely to be targeted by DDoS than companies operating in other industries. DDoS then is a real and pressing threat for banks. But why are DDoS attacks in this industry that much more prevalent?
The developer of information security solutions StormWall releases the StormWall Sensor Appliance, which provides effective protection of business from DDoS attacks of any level. The solution will be available to all StormWall customers who use the Network Protection service from September 1, 2021.
The migration to remote-working has resulted in a surge in online threats. What are the most effective protection measures?
Smart factories, smart sensors, and the Internet of Things are blurring the line between digital and physical worlds — making cyberattacks more dangerous than ever.
As our analysis showed, the intensity of DDoS attacks, in general, continues to grow. So, in Q1 2021, we recorded 25.4% more attacks on our customers than in the fourth quarter of 2020. The leaders in the number of attacks were e-commerce, construction, entertainment, telecommunications, as well as the financial sector.
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According to experts from StormWall, the global quantity of DDoS attacks may increase by at least 20% compared to last year, based on these further observations:
- DDoS attacks have shown steady growth for several years in a row.
- The emergence of a large number of cybercriminals targeting students transitioning to distance learning.
The Coronavirus crisis led to sharp increase in demand for all kinds of Internet services for consumers and a massive transition to remote work in the corporate sector. On the other side it also led to significant growth in the number and intensity of DDoS attacks. Ramil Khantimirov, CEO and co-founder of StormWall, talks about the risks of one of their varieties - DDoS attacks on networks and how to protect against them.