UK firms sub­jected to 600 web at­tacks ev­ery day

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BRI­TISH BUSI­NESSES were sub­jected to more than 600 cyber at­tacks a day dur­ing the third quar­ter of this month, say re­searchers, with firms sub­jected to in­creas­ing num­bers of re­mote desk­top ap­pli­ca­tion at­tacks.

Web firm Beam­ing to­day pub­lished data show­ing that be­tween July and Septem­ber, the av­er­age UK firm ex­pe­ri­enced 55,314 at­tempts by hack­ers to ac­cess their data or take con­trol of IT sys­tems.

Although the vol­ume of cyber at­tacks on busi­nesses was lower over the sum­mer months than in the sec­ond quar­ter of the year, there was an in­creas­ing num­ber of at­tacks on re­mote desk­top ap­pli­ca­tions, VoIP tele­phone sys­tems and vir­tual pri­vate net­works (VPNs) used to con­nect firms to re­mote work­ers.

Re­mote con­trolled se­cu­rity cam­eras and build­ing con­trol sys­tems con­tinue to be tar­geted at the great­est rate by hack­ers. Unau­tho­rised at­tempts to take con­trol of th­ese sys­tems ac­counted for 63 per cent of all cyber at­tacks in the last quar­ter.

So­nia Bl­iz­zard, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Beam­ing, said: “The na­ture of cor­po­rate cyber at­tacks is shift­ing. While most still tar­get rel­a­tively sim­ple de­vices con­nected to the In­ter­net of Things and in­for­ma­tion held in com­pany data­bases, we are see­ing ev­i­dence that hack­ers are turn­ing their at­ten­tion to tech­nolo­gies that sup­port branch of­fices and re­mote work­ers.”

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