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DDoS attacks almost doubled in Q4 2019, Sundays were the busiest days: Kaspersky report

According to the Kaspersky Q4 2019 DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks report, the number of attacks blocked by Kaspersky DDoS Protection in Q4 2018 amounted to only 56% of attacks detected in Q4 2019.
According to the Kaspersky Q4 2019 DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks report, the number of attacks blocked by Kaspersky DDoS Protection in Q4 2018 amounted to only 56% of attacks detected in Q4 2019. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Botnet activity analysis shows that around 28% of attacks happened on weekends, with Sunday attacks growing by two and a half percentage points - reaching 13%.

According to the Kaspersky Q4 2019 DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks report, the number of attacks blocked by Kaspersky DDoS Protection in Q4 2018 amounted to only 56% of attacks detected in Q4 2019.

Further investigation of botnet activity revealed that around 28% of attacks happened on weekends, with Sunday attacks growing by two and a half percentage points - reaching 13%.

In Q4 2019, there were several large-scale DDoS attacks, including ones against financial institutions in South Africa, Singapore and Scandinavian countries. Cyberattacks were also targeted at the Labour party in the United Kingdom as an attempt to disrupt its digital systems, as well as against Minecraft servers set up in the Vatican.

This shows that DDoS is still a common attack method amongst cybercriminals seeking financial gain or driven by ideological motives, so organisations should be prepared for such attacks and understand how they evolve.

The Kaspersky report highlights that the main trend during the last quarter of 2019 was increased botnet activity on Sundays. While the growth may seem relatively small (two and a half percentage points), the share of DDoS attacks on this particular day of the week had otherwise been the lowest, and consistent, throughout the rest of the year (around 11% of attacks in Q1 and Q3, and 10% in Q2). In Q4, Thursday turned out to be the day with the least DDoS activity.

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