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Kaspersky warns of major rise in DDoS attacks

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Businesses should prepare for a “DDoS storm”, as the number of such attacks has grown rapidly in the past three months.

This news comes courtesy of Kaspersky Lab, whose researchers claim there has been an 84 per cent surge in DDoS attacks in the first quarter of 2019, compared to the last quarter of 2018.

It’s mostly longer attacks (an hour, or more) that have grown, substantially.

The final three months of last year were so quiet that Kaspersky actually thought hackers moved on to different methods, including cryptomining and whatnot. The researchers also said it was quite possible that businesses improved their cybersecurity posture (opens in new tab) and learned to protect themselves better.

Now we see that the hope was short-lived, as attacks that last an hour or longer, have increased by 487 per cent.

“The DDoS attack market is changing. New DDoS services appear to have replaced ones shut down by law enforcement agencies. As organisations implement basic countermeasures, attackers target them with long-lasting attacks. It is difficult to say if the number of attacks will continue to grow, but their complexity is showing no signs of slowing down. We recommend that organisations prepare themselves effectively, in order to withstand sophisticated DDoS attacks,” comments Alexey Kiselev, business development manager on the Kaspersky DDoS Protection team.

Kaspersky advises businesses to make sure their web and IT resources can handle high traffic, and to make sure they have professional solutions that can help protect and mitigate these attacks.

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Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.