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Healthcare Sector Faced Brunt of DDoS Attacks Last Year, Report Finds

Health IT Security

Jill McKeon

Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks continued to plague all sectors last year, Comcast Business discovered. Nearly three-quarters of all multi-vector attacks targeted just four industries: healthcare, government, education, and finance.

DDoS attacks are extremely effective because they flood the victim’s network with traffic, rendering network resources unusable. DDoS attacks also may serve as a foothold for threat actors to deploy more sinister malware while distracting victims.

Compared to the 10.1 million global DDoS attacks that Comcast observed across all sectors in 2020, it observed 9.84 DDoS attacks in 2021. Although...

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