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DDoS attacks increase in the middle of a pandemic. Educational and administrative sites are the most "suffering"

The number of DDoS attacks increased in the first three months of the year, registering a significant peak in educational and administrative platforms. Karspersky's conclusion, which suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic may, again, help to explain this situation, with the possibility that the growth is related to the fact that hackers are taking advantage of the current context.

According to the Karspersky report, there has been "marked growth" in this type of attacks. The number tripled compared to the same period in 2019, with the percentage corresponding to 19% in relation to the total number of incidents recorded during the quarter. The company's experts suggest that this growing interest from hackers is caused by the increase in the number of people dependent on online resources in the middle of a pandemic.

DDoS attacks in 2019 and 2020 Source: Karspersky

During the first three months of the year, Kaspersky DDoS Protection detected and blocked twice the number of attacks recorded in the last quarter of 2019 and 80% more compared to the first quarter of 2019. On the other hand, the average duration of attacks also it grew, since it took another 25% in the first quarter of 2020 compared to the same period last year.

Portugal did not escape this trend either. In late April, Judiciary Police detained a 19-year-old youth for DDoS attacks on public and private entities. At the time, and in statements to SAPO TEK, Dr. Carlos Cabreiro, director of the National Unit to Combat Cybercrime and Technological Crime, confirmed that the young man's detention was linked to the Cyberteam group, the same as having accessed thousands of email addresses. email and respective passwords from public, governmental entities, telecommunications operators such as Altice Portugal, police, banks, parties, Social Security and even football clubs, with the "April revolution".