12% Saudi firms sub­jected to DDoS at­tacks


JED­DAH: Twelve per­cent of Saudi com­pa­nies were tar­geted with dis­trib­uted de­nial of ser­vice (DDoS) at­tacks last year, says a study con­ducted by Kasper­sky Lab.

In the case of half of these com­pa­nies, their of­fi­cial web­sites were tar­geted, while a third of these at­tacks tar­geted the clients’ por­tals. Com­mu­ni­ca­tion plat­forms were tar­geted in 38 per­cent of cases and com­mu­ni­ca­tion ser­vices in 37 per­cent, lo­cal me­dia re­ported, cit­ing the study.

The DDoS at­tacks are launched from mul­ti­ple con­nected de­vices that are dis­trib­uted across the In­ter­net. Un­like de­nial of source ( DoS) at­tacks, DDoS as­saults tend to tar­get the net­work in­fra­struc­ture in an at­tempt to sat­u­rate it with huge vol­umes of traf­fic.

The Kasper­sky study said it is not nec­es­sary that the com­pany has ex­ter­nal in­ter­faces for users such as pub­lic web­sites and cus­tomer por­tals, or sys­tems for pro­cess­ing trans­ac­tion to be the tar­get of DDoS at­tacks be­cause the in­ter­nal web ser­vices, pro­cesses and com­mu­ni­ca­tion are also prone to such risks.

One com­pany out of six around the world was the tar­get of DDoS at­tack in 2015, said the study.

Some com­pa­nies found out that the DDoS at­tack af­fected their in­ter­nal webs, while a quar­ter of the com­pa­nies said the at­tack af­fected their ser­vices, while 15 per­cent said the at­tack dis­rupted their op­er­at­ing sys­tems and af­fected the qual­ity of com­mu­ni­ca­tions of their In­ter­net providers' net­work.

Evgeny Vigov­sky, head of Kasper­sky DDoS Pro­tec­tion, Kasper­sky Lab, was quoted as say­ing that it is im­por­tant to take DDoS at­tacks se­ri­ously be­cause it is a rel­a­tively easy crime to com­mit but its ef­fects are dev­as­tat­ing for the busi­nesses tar­geted.

He said the study found that in ad­di­tion to im­pact of the at­tack such as the web­site down­time and the dam­age in­flected on the rep­u­ta­tion of the com­pany and the un­sat­is­fied cus­tomers, the in­ter­nal sys­tems of the com­pany might also be hit by the at­tack.

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