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World Cup Win Places Spain Under Barrage Of Malicious IT Attacks

Interoute : 13 July, 2010  (Technical Article)
Steve Owen of Interoute comments on the huge increase in attacks involving malicious software that have struck Spanish servers after the country took the football World Cup victory
World Cup Win Places Spain Under Barrage Of Malicious IT Attacks
Whilst Spain celebrates its achievement at being crowned the world's best footballing nation, it also suffered an onslaught of malicious viral attacks over the weekend, topping the 'most attacked country' chart.

Steve Owen, Director of Information Security at Interoute, owner operator of Europe's largest next generation network, says: "The number of attacks directly targeted at Spain and the Netherlands rose in tandem with World Cup fever. From Friday, Spain took the top spot as the most attacked country - becoming the most targeted country in Europe for vulnerability and DDoS attacks - registering a massive 65,750 attacks over the 48 hours. However, Sunday saw the number of attacks directed straight at Spain increase by an impressive 96.2 per cent during the match alone - peaking at 112,288.

"Fans seeking real-time updates on the World Cup will have been a prime target for cybercriminals, as online searches and conversations are the perfect opportunity to seed malicious links and infiltrate users' PCs.

"The Netherlands also experienced a 273 per cent increase in the number of attacks during the match, but even this was not enough to claim second place.

"By Monday morning, as World Cup fever started to calm down, the number of attacks fell with it. Attacks on Spain fell by more than 50 per cent, whilst attacks levelled at The Netherlands fell by more than three quarters."

Information has been taken from Interoute's Internet Security Barometer, which provides valuable insight into malicious activity on the internet. It collects data from 22 high performance sensors built into the core of the European Internet, logging the source, destination and type of malicious activity, to provide organisations with valuable insight to help them defend against attacks on their network.
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