Guest Post: Government-Targeted DDoS Attacks Surge By Over 1,800% In 2021 Says Atlas VPN

Nowadays, governments worldwide face the challenge of protecting their cyberspace in addition to their physical borders. Online presence creates an additional attack surface that can be used in coordinated attacks, such as Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks.

According to the data presented by the Atlas VPN team based on Radware’s 2021-2022 report, the volume of DDoS attacks per customer aimed at the government sector soared by a whopping 1,881% in 2021 compared to 2020’s figures. Meanwhile, the actual attack events decreased by 70%, suggesting fewer but more severe DDoS attacks aimed at the sector. 

Ruta Cizinauskaite, a cybersecurity researcher and writer at Atlas VPN, shares her thoughts on government-targeted DDoS attacks: 

“DDoS attacks are often used as a tool in a cyber-warfare to disrupt governments by rendering their online resources unavailable.  Hacktivists also use DDoS attacks as part of political protests.” 

DDoS attacks, however, were not limited to the government sector last year. The volume of DDoS attacks per customer aimed at the retail industry skyrocketed by 6,288%. 

Next up was the healthcare sector. It experienced a 260% growth in DDoS attack volume per customer. 

The research and education sector occupies a fourth place on the list with a 62% rise in DDoS attack volume in 2021, followed by online commerce and gaming with 41%. Meanwhile, the technology sector saw a 36% increase in DDoS attack volume per customer last year. 

While the volume of DDoS attacks grew across most industries last year, finance and telecom sectors experienced a decrease. DDoS attack volume plummeted by 34% and 58%, respectively, across the aforementioned industries.

Overall, the average attack volume per customer rose by 26%.

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