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DDoS attacks hit 44% of GCC online businesses

Kaspersky Lab research shows DDoS attacks becoming common occurrence for online businesses

DDoS attacks hit 44% of GCC online businesses
DDoS attacks are becoming a common business issue for online organisations, says Kaspersky.

Almost half of all online businesses in the GCC suffered DDoS attacks over the last 12 months according to research by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab.

Forty-four percent of companies with operations including online shopping, online media, and others reported that they had been targeted by DDoS attacks.

Kaspersky Lab said that the increasing number of DDoS attacks means that they cannot be considered as isolated incidents but they should be viewed as a common online business-related event, and organisations need to plan accordingly.

"Taking down a site or preventing transactions is only the tip of the iceberg. A DDoS attack can lead to reputational losses or legal claims over undelivered services. To ensure that clients have uninterrupted access to their online services, companies need to think in advance about appropriate protection against DDoS attacks", said Eugene Vigovsky, Head of Kaspersky DDoS Protection, Kaspersky Lab.

DDoS attacks aim to block access to a company's online resources by overloading them with ‘junk' requests. The attacks have become easier to carry out due to simplified hacking tools, and there are also DDoS attack services available to hire online, meaning that that any company with rivals or opponents of any sort is at risk.

Research suggests that IT companies suffer more from DDoS attacks: 49% of IT industry representatives worldwide reported that they had encountered at least one DDoS attack over the last year. Other businesses that rely on continuous online services to make profits also scored highly: firms engaged in e-commerce (44%), organisations providing telecommunications services (44%) and the media (42%). Financial companies are also among the most frequently attacked organisations - 39% of them reported an incident.

The consequences of DDoS attacks depend on their type and duration, as well as on the field of activity and distinctive features of the targeted company. The survey showed that 13% of attacks globally render the target sites totally inaccessible. This fate most often befell media sites - 32% of media organisations reported that their web resources had been completely disabled due to a DDoS attack. But even if the attackers failed to completely block user access to a company's information resources, partial inaccessibility is also a serious problem. For example, 29% of respondents reported that they or their users had faced problems conducting online transactions as a result of a DDoS attack. This problem is especially significant for companies working in telecommunications and logistics - 49% and 45% respectively reported it.

Kaspersky Lab is promoting its Kaspersky DDoS Protection solution to help companies to manage the risk of DDoS attack. If a DDoS attack is detected by a special sensor, all traffic sent to the client is redirected to special Kaspersky Lab equipment where 'junk' requests are filtered out by sophisticated individual algorithms. These cleaning centres are also monitored by experts who can adjust the algorithms if required, even during an attack. This approach avoids overloading of the online customer service even during a sophisticated or previously unknown attack.

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