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UK businesses suffered 230,000 cyberattacks last year

It only takes one successful cyber-attack to seriously hurt a company, so it’s shocking to see that UK businesses suffered, on average, almost 230,000 cyber-attacks in 2016.

This is according to Beaming. The company said a third of attacks was targeting company databases, but two thirds were, in fact, attacking connected devices, such as security cameras or building control systems. 

Such devices can be controlled remotely, through the internet. 

The volume of attacks against IoT devices grew 310 per cent in the first and final quarter of 2016, and by the end of the year, more than 90 per cent of attacks were against IoT devices. 

Beaming also says it spotted a five-fold increase in the number of unique IP addresses used for attacks, with pretty much all of those (98 per cent) being outside the UK. 

“As an ISP, we can see what is happening on the internet and take steps to help businesses protect themselves and those they do business with,” commented Sonia Blizzard, managing director of Beaming. 

“There are many more elements involved in cyber-crime than a year ago. They are launching more sophisticated attacks on UK businesses and covering their tracks carefully.”

“The majority of internet cyber-attacks are computer scripts that search the web for weaknesses and probe firewalls constantly for a way in. With the Internet of Things, businesses are punching holes in their own firewalls to provide suppliers with access to devices on their networks. This can open the door to criminals too if not done properly.”

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Sead Fadilpašić

Sead is a freelance journalist with more than 15 years of experience in writing various types of content, from blogs, whitepapers, and reviews to ebooks, and many more, across sites including Al Jazeera Balkans, TechRadar Pro, IT Pro Portal, and CryptoNews.