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Ukraine’s cyber war, gold mine for hackers: unprecedented record for global attacks

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Kaspersky experts published a report this week on the cyber consequences of the war in Ukraine, and the statistics are very worrying. We are talking about a record number of attacks, especially when it comes to DDoS attacks.

Compared to the first quarter of 2021, the number of Distributed Denial of Service or DDoS attacks has increased 4.5 times. The good news, if you will, is that most of them came as a result of hacktivism. Basically, there are attacks targeting Russian sites in hopes of encouraging an end to the invasion. Surprisingly, it was also a long time, again unprecedented, for those attacks, according to cybersecurity experts from Kaspersky.

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Hackers exploded during the war

If the whole concept is foreign to you, it’s worth noting that Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are designed to disrupt network resources used by companies and organizations and prevent them from working properly. Basically, hackers cut off the rightful owners’ access to their own servers, sites and any other online services by artificially creating a massive volume of traffic.

They become even more dangerous if the compromised systems are in government or financial sectors, as blocking these services has side effects that affect the general population. The first quarter of 2022 saw a sharp rise in attacks in late February as a result of the crisis in Ukraine.

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According to statistics aggregated by Kaspersky from its own security solutions, compared to the data of the fourth quarter of 2021, the period that previously held the record for most attacks, the first quarter of 2022 had an increase in the total number of DDoS by 46%, respectively 4.5 times compared to the same quarter of 2021. Finally, the number of “smart” or advanced and targeted attacks also marked a marked increase of 81% from the previous record in Q4 2021.

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