When lockdowns were implemented around the world, one of the obvious effects of having folks staying at home was the fact that nobody was going away.

While folks might be taking leave, that leave would likely consist of staying at home and probably using the internet. The fact of the matter is that COVID-19 has pushed many more of us online and that’s an opportunity for cybercriminals.

Data from Kaspersky DDoS (distributed denial of service) Protection reveals that the service detected and blocked more attacks during the second quarter of this year than during the same period in 2019. That increase is as high as 217 percent.

This figure is well outside of the usual trends. Generally speaking, attacks peak during the beginning of the year as there is a lot of business activity.

As the year wears on those attacks decrease around our Autumn and Winter season but this year they haven’t and Kaspersky reckons it knows why.

“This year, people have not been able to enjoy a normal holiday season as many regions have kept COVID-19 lockdown measures in place. This has left more people than usual still depending on online resources for both personal and work-related activities, making this a busy period for online businesses and information resources. As a result, we saw unprecedented activity in the DDoS market. And so far, there is no reason to predict a decline,” explained business development manager at Kaspersky DDoS Protection, Alexey Kiselev.

Kaspersky notes that since the first quarter of 2020, DDoS attacks have been climbing rather than subsiding. This is particularly worrying for businesses that rely on connectivity to continue functioning. Should an attacker target your cloud applications for instance, your business might be offline until the attacks subside.

The cybersecurity firm advises that firms assign specialist that are versed in how to respond to DDoS attacks. It’s also a good idea to constantly relook and refresh contacts with third-party services providers so that in the event an attack hits you can contact the right people quickly.

Unfortunately, once a DDoS attack is underway, short of switching off the servers, there’s not much you can do.