It was recently found out that the number of DDoS attacks in 2021 has risen by 37%.
Indeed, a report by Radware showed that 580,766 DDoS attacks were discovered and blocked in 2021. The industries that suffered the most were gaming and retail, each accounting for 22% of the recorded attacks, as well as the government with 13% of all attacks, healthcare with 12%, technology with 9%, and finance with 6%. Europe, the Middle East, and Africa with America represented 40% of all DDoS attacks in 2021, meanwhile, the Asia Pacific region had 20%.
Moreover, these attacks became more dangerous as the average attack last between 3.65 hours and 8.72 hours, which can cause a lot of damage. They have also been expanding their range of victims by targeting cloud providers to impact a larger number of customers. Cybercriminals have then started to encrypt the compromised data of a victimized organization before threatening to leak the data publicly if the ransom isn’t paid. A DDoS attack can be launched against the victim to pressure them to pay the ransom.