According to recent findings by the Atlas VPN team, 89% of cyberattacks worldwide are targeting Russia and Ukraine.
In particular, a significant amount of cyberattacks are directed at financial services businesses with Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks making up 90% of all cyberattacks.
Cybercriminals launched 70% of cyberattacks on Russia. A total of 5 billion attacks were inbound to Russia on March 5th. Anonymous hackers declared a full-on cyberwar on Russia. As of now, they have already leaked government employee data and hacked Russian state TV channels.
Threat actors targeted Ukraine in 19% of cyberattacks. Just days before the war in Ukraine, Russian hackers brought down the websites of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry and the two largest banks with DDoS attacks. Cyberattacks targeting the United States made up 5% of all threats worldwide.
Cybersecurity writer at Atlas VPN Vilius Kardelis shares his thoughts on cyberattacks against Russia and Ukraine:
“Cyberwarfare is becoming a reality as attacks are used to disrupt essential services. Hackers took control of banking, government, military websites, even TV channels to damage the usual operations of these entities. The battles in the digital world can have a significant impact on communications and propaganda distribution on both sides.”
DDoS attacks disrupt financial services
DDoS attacks were the most widely used threats by a large margin. DDoS attacks cause the victims’ service disruption by flooding the IT infrastructure with more requests per second than the system can process. Such attacks made up 90% of all cyberattacks globally.
The financial services sector stands out when looking at the most attacked industries. Banks and other payment processing companies suffered from 72% of cyberattacks worldwide.
Cybercriminals chose the business industry as their target in 21% of attacks. The computing and IT sector suffered from 2% of cyberattacks globally. All other industries accounted for 5% of attacks.
The report shows that:
Cybercriminals launched 70% of cyberattacks on Russia.
Threat actors targeted Ukraine in 19% of cyberattacks.
DDoS attacks made up 90% of all cyberattacks globally.
Financial services companies suffered from 72% of cyberattacks worldwide.
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