In Q1 2021, attackers continued to exploit the pandemic to attack businesses and their IT infrastructures. In the post-COVID era, DDoS attacks threaten to become the new normal.
Link11, a specialized European IT security provider in cyber resilience, has released its DDoS report for Q1 2021. The number of DDoS attacks continued to grow, as the report indicates. Between January and March, the Link11 Security Operations Centre (LSOC) recorded more than double the number of attacks than the prior-year period. Thus, the already alarming threat level from cybercrime, which like the COVID-19 virus has been raging in a parallel pandemic since spring 2020, has once again intensified.
The key findings from the report are:
The attackers increasingly targeted companies that were either in high demand due to the pandemic or had to shift their operations to digital. These included the healthcare sector, public administrations, educational institutions, logistics companies, online retail, media, and entertainment companies. However, data center operators, who play a significant role in the digitization of companies, were also under heavy fire. Almost every second DDoS attack (47%) targeted hosting providers and ISPs.
According to analyses by the LSOC, the threat situation is not expected to weaken in the coming months. But the increasing number of attacks and numerous new attack techniques suggest the quality and quantity will remain at this elevated level. Accelerated digitalization in the economy and society offers growing attack surfaces and lets cybercrime boom.
Marc Wilczek, Managing Director of Link11: “The exponential boom in cybercrime will outlast the pandemic. In a post-COVID era, companies and organizations must adapt to a permanently changed threat environment. Against this backdrop, they must reassess the risks of failure for their networked business and production processes.”
For more information on the threat landscape, see the full Link11 DDoS Report for Q1 2021, available as a free download.