DDoS Attacks See 450% Increase During 2021

Distributed denial of service attacks, also called DDoS attacks, can be incredibly disruptive to businesses because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up blocking resources and slowing things down tremendously. Such attacks can be especially dangerous if they target hospitals or government institutions because the slowdown in work processes will have a much wider impact on society since it might delay medical treatments, income support and several other vital services with all things having been considered and taken into account.

With the first quarter of 2022 now behind us, Kaspersky decided to dive into DDoS attacks to get a better understanding of how prevalent they have started to become. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that they have increased by a startling 450% over the course of 2021, and they saw a 43% increase in the last quarter alone.

The massive increase is in and of itself a cause for alarm, but it becomes even more important that this has all the makings of a global crisis when one sees the increase in DDoS session times. DDoS attacks that were noted in the first quarter of 2022 lasted around 80 times longer than the ones that occurred exactly a year prior when the first quarter of 2021 was still underway. One DDoS attack lasted as long as 177 hours, or over a week, and that can be quite disastrous for government agencies or banks.

DDoS attacks aren’t just reaching a new peak in terms of incidents, they are also lasting significantly longer than they used to. The longer a DDoS attack lasts, the more damage it might do to the institutions that are suffering from it. This exponential rate of growth might result in month long DDoS attacks in the near future, and with so many of them occurring they may very well bring the global economy to a grinding halt. Few organizations have prepared for such attacks, which is why they are left dysfunctional whenever such an attack occurs on their servers.

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