European-generated cyber attacks on UK businesses double in March
- Published: Tuesday, 17 April 2018 08:57
The volume of Internet-vectored cyber attacks on UK businesses originating from European locations doubled in March, according to data published by Beaming.
Beaming identified 8,983 attacks on businesses launched from inside Europe during March 2018, more than double the number recorded in February (4,469) or January (3,365) this year. This represented almost half (44 percent) of cyber attacks on UK businesses and made Europe the prime source of attacks for the first time.
More than a third (35 percent) of all attacks in March originated from locations in the Czech Republic and a further 12 percent were from Russian sources.
UK businesses were subjected to 53,981 individual cyber attacks during the first three months of the year, approximately 600 a day, compared to 474 attempts a day each in the same period of 2017.
One in ten (11 percent) of cyber attacks sought to compromise databases, while more than half (54 percent) targeted devices connected to the Internet of Things such as building control systems and networked security cameras. Beaming believes that hackers target these devices, which can be controlled remotely over the internet, to help them launch Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks at a later stage.