Nearly 30 million cyber attacks carried out in the UK during Q4 2018


Global cybersecurity provider Kaspersky Lab has released its findings into web threats, and local threats, detected between October and December 2018 in the UK.

Attacks via browsers were the primary method for spreading malicious programs. In the UK, Kaspersky Lab detected and defended against more than 12.1 million different cyber-threats to its customers.

Overall, 16% of those who use Kaspersky Security Next products were attacked, and successfully defended, by web-borne threats. This places the United Kingdom in 125thplace worldwide when it comes to how dangerous it is to surf the web.

However, local threats are more prevalent, with Kaspersky Lab thwarting more than 17.5 million during the same time period. This places the UK 138th in the world.

The number of incidents caused by servers hosted equates to 11.2 million – putting the United Kingdom sixth worldwide.

The most commonly-used tactics to carry out attacks via browsers were implementing infections that exploited vulnerabilities in browsers and their plug-ins, and social engineering.

The use of local infection statistics for computer users was an extremely important indicator. Worms and file viruses account were used for the majority of such incidents. Kaspersky Lab’s data shows how frequently users were attacked by malware spread via removable USB drives, CDs and DVDs, and other “offline” methods.

To find out more, or to find out worldwide threat findings, go to Kaspersky Lab’s Global Security Bulletin for Q4 2018.

Chris Price
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