Cyberattacks on UAE small businesses up 183% in 2020 – report

SourceGulf Business

A new report has found that in 2020, UAE- and Middle East-based small businesses faced an increase in cyberattacks, in terms of both frequency and volume.

Help AG’s State of the Market Report 2021 found a 183 percent rise in attacks in the UAE alone, and a global increase from 8.5 million in 2019 to 10 million in 2020.

These attacks, known as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS), have only increased in scale according to Hope AG, with the UAE measuring at 254.3 Gbps.

All sectors have faced repeated attacks, including the government, oil, healthcare and telecom.

DDoS attacks are malicious attempts to break the flow of traffic in the targeted server and overwhelm it. These attacks occur through corrupted links or files, and its goal is to freeze the network and exhaust all resources essentially.

Help AG found a rapid increase due to the common tactic to disguise DDoS attacks as Covid-19 information links due to the more...