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DDoS Attacks Triple in 2020, According to Research

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Jenna Delport
Jenna Delport
I’m a tech writer, world traveller, avocado-eater and dog lover, not always in that order.

The number of DDoS attacks in Q2 of 2020 has increased three-fold in comparison to the same quarter in 2019, according to a report from Kaspersky.

Kaspersky experts believe the rise in malicious activity can be attributed to the impact of COVID-19, as both cybercriminals and their targets have had to reconsider their holiday plans.

The pandemic – and subsequent social distancing restrictions – have significantly changed people’s lives. In particular, many people feel concerned about travelling or are simply unable to do so.

So, many are either spending their days off in “staycation” mode or have cancelled their scheduled holidays. And this change in vacation plans has had unexpected consequences – including an increased number of DDoS attacks.

These results contradict the annual trends that Kaspersky researchers usually find. Normally, the number of DDoS attacks varies depending on the season. The beginning of the year usually sees a higher amount of DDoS, as it is a peak season for business, and in late Spring and Summer (for the northern hemisphere) the number of attacks begin to decrease.

“This year, people have not been able to enjoy a normal holiday season as many regions have kept COVID-19 lockdown measures in place. This has left more people than usual still depending on online resources for both personal and work-related activities, making this a busy period for online businesses and information resources. As a result, we saw unprecedented activity in the DDoS market. And so far, there is no reason to predict a decline,” says Alexey Kiselev, Business Development Manager on the Kaspersky DDoS Protection team.

To help organisations protect themselves from DDoS attacks during the vacation season, Kaspersky recommends the following measures:

  1. Maintain web resources operations by assigning specialists who understand how to respond to DDoS attacks.
  2. Validate third-party agreements and contact information – including those made with Internet service providers.
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