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This Christmas the attacks on the network will be more present

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This Christmas the attacks on the network will be more present

More attacks on online commerce at Christmas

This report has been produced by Imperva. They indicate that during the next Christmas there will be an increase of attacks against electronic commerce. It is something common at this time every year and we have always seen it. Phishing attacks against users are increasing, attacks against web pages are also increasing, and, ultimately, the risk when browsing and using online services.

But why are attacks on e-commerce websites especially going to increase this year? According to Imperva, the reason behind this increase is related to global supply problems and shortages of certain products.

Keep in mind that bot attacks against retail sites have already increased by 13% so far this year, in addition to attacks on e-commerce websites which have increased by 57%.

One of the most dangerous attacks on an e-commerce website is DDoS. They are attacks that basically what they do is block the operation through multiple requests. What they are going to look for this Christmas is to generate chaos and problems in online commerce, something that will be aggravated due to the shortage of certain products and supply problems.

Let's imagine that a certain web page offers technological products and they have stock problems. A user needs, for example, a router to arrive at his home by a specific date and has not been able to buy it before due to the lack of stock that we mentioned. Now, the day it is finally in stock, that store has suffered a DDoS attack and is not working. All the waiting that had already accumulated now increases due to this problem that can cause an entire afternoon or a whole day to not work.

Profiting from chaos, the target of cybercriminals

From Imperva, they assure that the only objective in this case on the part of the computer hackers is to benefit from the chaos. They want to take advantage of the need of e-commerce websites and users themselves to buy products for this Christmas.

Ultimately, cyberattacks tend to focus on what is most used and where they can have the greatest chance of success. Therefore, what better way than to attack online commerce pages just at the time when they are going to sell the most. 

On the part of the users, we must purchase products and surf the net with total security. Common sense is essential, especially in these times when online shopping and attacks are on the rise. We must avoid clicking on pages that may be unsafe, installing add-ons outside of official sites, etc.