A 50% increase in cyber attacks year on year

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According to a research carried out by Check Point Research, a 50% rise in cyber attacks is being witnessed year on year and the target points were mostly touted to be the organizations operating in education/research and military or government sectors.

Security researchers claim from their analysis that the year 2021 witnessed the highest volume of cyber attacks, with an average of over 1,605 targeting each business every week.

In another annual survey that was conducted by Cloudflare, it was discovered that a 29% of increase in distributed denial of service attacks (DdoS) was observed last year.

Interestingly, more than half of the respondents who participated in the survey of Cloudflare admitted they experienced either a ransomware or Ddos attack or, sometimes, both, all thorough out the year 2021  

Moreover, as per the analysis made by the cloud services provider, the manufacturing industry was the most attacked in Q4 of 2021 and was targeted mainly by application layer Ddos attacks.

Research also discovered in mid-2021 a new botnet called Meris Botnet that was found launching multiple high volume fake requests leading to an application layer attack where the actual requests were absolutely denied by system crashes.

Q4 was very busy with denial of service attacks on the web aimed at disrupting server operations of many companies. Adding more, were Ddos related online threats launched by hackers against companies forcing them to pay ransom, else; they will be targeted with sophisticated attacks to pull them out of business on a permanent note.

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Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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