New research shows that DDoS attacks against UK-based businesses now make it the second most targeted country behind the USA
Explaining the large attack rate increase is relatively easy; the use of DDoS-for-hire services such as stressers and booters jumped from 63.8 percent in Q2 2015 to an incredible 93 percent in Q1 2016. Explaining why the UK has become such an attractive target is almost as straightforward.
“The UK has one of the largest and fastest digital economies” explains Imperva CTO Amichai Shulman, who told SCMagazineUK.com, “This year the UK’s digital economy is expected to account for 12.4 percent of GDP, this is compared to the G20 average of 5.3 percent.”
In addition, the Internet is also the UK’s second-biggest economic contributor, outweighed only by the property sector. “DDoS offenders like to go after high value targets which they know will reap them many returns” Shulman concludes “and the UK represents the perfect target.”