Since the COVID-19 outbreak, several threat groups are increasingly using new and more persuasive strategies to hack into the victims’ accounts. A recent report by threat research company Kaspersky accentuates the rise of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks in the third quarter of 2022. The information reportedly talks about the increase in the attacks, almost doubling compared to the Q3 of 2021.
Among these attacks, the percentage of sophisticated DDoS attacks has increased alarmingly, making the standardized hacktivist attacks disappear from Q3 after gaining some traction in Q1 and Q2, as per Kaspersky. Here is a quick look at the report, emphasizing facts and figures laid out by the security company.
Kaspersky Q3 DDoS report
Hackers continuously evaluate their attack methods and run campaigns to attack their next target. Among their favorite tools, a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack can stop a website, service, or server from giving any output to the clients and admins. This attack usually involves using bots to overwhelm a server’s infrastructure by flooding it with traffic.
Threat actors usually target big companies, government organizations, and authorities that collect large amounts of public and private data. This prevents legitimate visitors from reaching the site by causing it to slow to a crawl or even crash. Your internet business could sustain significant damage from this kind of attack.
Since January 2022, hackers have been slowly building momentum with some quiet attacks that went under the radar or didn’t receive much publicity. According to the Q3 report by Kaspersky, DDoS attacks have increased in the third quarter of 2022, and the increase is reportedly higher than that of the previous year. In the past few months, the attacks increased significantly by 47.87% compared to Q3 2021, while the amount of clever, intelligent, and expertly executed attacks, doubled.
The Q3 also saw an increase in new threat actors and some rookie threat actors that participated in several hacking events, even going as well as challenging the authorities and police. Within the first two quarters of 2022, the hacking groups were fervent and prolific in their DDoS attacks.