Cyber attacks through web applications increase 69% in the third quarter of the year
Akamai’s latest report says there has been an increase of 30% of cyber attacks over the previous quarter, while warning of a possible increase in botnets in height of the holiday season.
Its most recent trimestral report show a 69% rise in attacks over web applications over the last quarter compared to last year.
The study notes that cyberattacks originated in the USA increased by 217% over the same period of the previous year and increased by 48%.
As regards DDoS attacks, there was a 13% increase in the average number of attacks per target (36) and, compared to the same quarter of 2016, the report indicates an 8% increase in the number of DDoS attacks.
Also, SQL injection attacks increased by 62% over the previous year and increased by 19% since the last quarter.
Perhaps the most alarming fact of the report is the warning of possible large-scale threats from IoT botnets, such as the Mirai attack, last year.
In fact, Mirai, a worm that seeks to take control over devices running the Linux operating system and then through a network of “zombie computers”, spreads malicious software, is still operational, according to the study.