Cyberattacks: Alarmingly Easier and More Frequent

Firehost - Cyberattack chart

Firehost – Cyberattack chart

In addition to my own posts, I also write for CloudTweaks, an authority on cloud computing. My most recent post covers a report released by the security company Firehost, detailing the quarter-over-quarter increase in cyberattacks, such as SQL injections. The report shows that these attacks are not only becoming more frequent, they are also becoming easier, and therefore no longer the domain of just the most sophisticated of hackers. Here is an excerpt:

There are always wolves at the door, and they are relentless in both their creativity and determination when it comes to getting in. This is the message that can be gleaned from a report released Tuesday October 22, by FireHost, ( a provider of managed, secure cloud IaaS. Their Superfecta report highlights upticks in Cross-site Scripting (XSS) and SQL Injection activity that specifically target applications carrying sensitive information about organizations and their customers.

[They are] noticing the attacks becoming more prevalent and automated, meaning that of the nearly 32 million attacks that Firehost blocked in the third quarter of 2013 alone (a 32 percent increase over Q2 2013), the increase in attempted SQL Injection and Cross-Site Scripting attacks signifies that what was once the domain of the sophisticated hacker has now become commoditized, which poses a greater risk to any businesses with hosted resources.

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