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The average UK business faced nearly quarter of a million cyber attacks in 2017

Attacks on British businesses surge in final quarter to surpass 2016 levels, according to new data from Beaming, the business ISP. On average, UK businesses were subjected to 231,028 Internet-borne cyber attacks each during 2017, with 633 attempts per day to breach their corporate firewalls. More than two-thirds (70 percent) of attacks targeted connected devices such as building control systems and networked security cameras.

The volume of cyber attacks increased by 24 percent in the final quarter of the year. Beaming also recorded a six-fold surge in attacks targeting company databases, a five-fold increase in attempts to hijack Domain Name Systems and a three-fold rise in efforts to infiltrate remote desktop systems between the first and final quarters of 2017.

Sonia Blizzard, managing director of Beaming, commented: "2017 was the worst year yet for cyber attacks on British businesses, whose IT security systems are under constant pressure from hackers and malicious computer scripts seeking to exploit any vulnerability. With most attacks targeting relatively simple devices connected to the Internet of Things it is possible many companies are already infected and don’t know about it."

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