How the pandemic led to a
rise in cyber security threats

Freshboxmedia Digital donut How the pandemic led to a rise in cyber security threats


Ever since the Covid-19 pandemic got hurled upon us the world, if there was anything rising at the rate of everyday Covid cases it was cyber security threats. During the pandemic, there was about a 300% rise in cybercrimes. Not just that, the threats went so high that it costed an average of INR 29,000 crores per data breach and yes, the count has been ever-increasing.

Shocking, isn’t it?

Here’s how the hackers exploited the pandemic?
Because everyone was working from home during the epidemic, general internet traffic grew enormously, and hackers sought to take advantage of this, resulting in a huge rise in assaults across virtually every metric. Alongside, when revenues were dropping during the pandemic, business owners focused on cost structure. Due to the economic repercussions caused by the epidemic, IT departments of team which usually stands on the front lines of defense against internet attacks had to resort to parallel preparation for decreased budgets and a reduction in resources. According to the sources, a CIO of a large tech firm asked it’s CISO to reduce the expenditure by 10%.

Not just small and medium sized firms were at risk, but everybody in the digital realm was exposed to these threats. Even the software giant Amazon wasn’t spared. Recently, Amazon announced it had thwarted the largest distributed denial of service (DdoS) attack. DDoS is a kind of cyber-attack in which one party tries to take down a website by flooding it with a large number of requests until it collapses. The DDoS was launched against Amazon's cloud service, Amazon Web Services (AWS), which is home to companies such as Netflix and Twitch. The company reported that the attack was 44% larger in its service history.

DNS Hijacking – It is a technique in which the user's DNS settings send them to a website that appears to be the same on the surface but is actually malware masquerading as something beneficial.

SQL Injection – It is a typical internet attack that involves manipulating a website's back-end database to divulge information that was not meant to be displayed.

Cross-site scripting – It is an attack that takes control of a webpage in order to run harmful scripts in website users' browsers.

PHP Injection - A flaw in a website's code that allows a hostile actor to gain full control of the website.

Protecting your company from cyber dangers necessitates the creation of a custom plan. Cloud security is a full-time job that necessitates an investment in the correct internal and external resources, a commitment to a 24/7 security programme, a competent partner, and planning for the transformation of your IT infrastructure. In the digital-first world, protecting your website means taking the first step in ensuring security against cyber threats. And to ensure that, one must choose the right digital services partner who can help them such tackles and a lot more.