Imperva, a cybersecurity firm, warns of the continued growth of Christmas web application attacks in the UK. With this, users should be careful with their apps as they might put their assets and business at risk.
UK web application attacks increase 251%
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Web application attacks in the UK over Christmas keep growing in number, according to cybersecurity firm Imperva.
According to Imperva via TechRadar, UK establishments have seen a 251% increase in web application attacks in the country. This jump had started from October 2019 until the present day. The organization predicted that it would continue to ramp up over the coming holiday season.
Imperva has warned consumers and businesses that they may be suffering from a “crappy” Christmas instead of a Happy Christmas because of these cybersecurity concerns. The company found that web attacks continued to increase by 22% per quarter on average.
To add, from the second quarter of 2021, the cases of attacks accelerated to 67.9% on the way to the third quarter of 2021.
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The Exact Nature of Christmas Web Application Attacks
To better understand, Imperva addresses incidents involving Remote Code Execution (RCE) and remote file inclusion. These cyber attacks exploited several companies and stole their confidential credentials.
If remote hackers don’t steal information from them, they would instead infect systems and compromise healthy servers. Imperva found that a 271% increase quickly took control of high-risk organizations.
When it comes to web applications, the security company found in its report that 50% of hacking attempts came from them. Additionally, the risk of exposure will only skyrocket as over 70% of web traffic comes from APIs.
According to Imperva CTO Peter Klimek, the pandemic has prompted most businesses to go online. As a result, hackers have more accessible outlets to compromise in the digital age.
Klimek viewed the pandemic as a key factor in the increase in web application attacks in the UK
“Developments such as the rapid proliferation of APIs and the move to cloud-native computing are beneficial from a DevOps perspective, but for security teams these changes in application architecture and increased attack surface that comes with it make their jobs much, much more difficult, âKlimek mentioned.
FBI Warns People of Vacation Scams
Earlier this week, News Journal reported that the FBI issued a warning to consumers who wish to shop for the Christmas holidays. According to the organization, online scams are in full swing. They could steal sensitive information from buyers apart from their money.
Last year, the FBI said consumers lost more than $ 53 million to vacation scams in the United States alone.
To avoid being scammed while on vacation online, Tech Times said you should follow tips like avoiding scams, limiting your spending with your credit card, and more.
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