• UK second most targeted country for DDoS attacks

The UK is second only to the US in terms of the number of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks it experiences, according to research by security firm Imperva.

The report revealed that the UK accounted for 9.2% of all distributed denial of service attacks in the first quarter of this year. These types of attacks are designed to deny legitimate users access to systems they have targeted.

DDoS attacks tend to be focussed on SMEs, but the report highlighted that there had also been an increase in high-profile assaults such as those on the BBC and HSBC UK.

Overall, the number and frequency of DDoS attacks was shown to have increased since 2015. This is partly due to the growing popularity and ease of access to DDoS-for-hire services, which accounted for 93% of attacks in the first quarter of 2016.

Repeat attacks were also shown to be on the rise. In the third quarter of 2015, repeat attacks accounted for 29.9% of all DDoS attacks, a figure which rose to 49.9% in 2016’s Q1. During this year’s first quarter, 40% of affected organisations had been attacked more than once, and 16% had been targeted more than five times.

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