A report published by Neustar, Inc., titled ‘Cyber Threats and Trends: Pandemic Style’, outlines any security risks companies were faced with throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The report found a 154% increase in the number of cyber attacks between the years 2019 and 2020. There was particular growth in ransom related DDoS (RDDoS) attacks with a rise in the use of existing attack vectors, which also included web applications.
RDDoS are not a new phenomenon, however the report highlights how these have grown in persistence and sophistication. Most recently attackers have been targeting organisations across a wider variety of sectors, demanding ransom by holding vital data hostage. These include financial services, government and telecommunications sectors.