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Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks increased 83 percent to more than 182,900 assaults in the second quarter of the year, a new report said.

On top of that, Russia has become the No. 1 victim country, according to the Nexusguard report.

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Starlink – a Russian ISP supporting small, medium and large enterprises – received more than 40 percent of the DDoS attacks measured over a two-day period. This targeted DNS attack also pushed the mean average DDoS duration to hours instead of minutes, as measured in the previous quarter.

Nexusguard’s researchers believe the hike in assaults was the result of nationalist hactivists organizing a targeted attack to take out Russian businesses. As a result, Nexusguard analysts advise businesses to safeguard their infrastructures and check service provider security to ensure continuity for their web presence.

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“We were surprised to see an increase in DDoS attacks this quarter, especially as hackers experiment with ransomware, phishing schemes and other data-grabbing methods for monetary gain,” Terrence Gareau, chief scientist at Nexusguard said in a post. “Organizations can expect cyberattacks to continue growing in frequency this year, especially with more attention on the Summer Olympics and the November election season in the U.S. The results from this quarter also show how important it is to not only protect your website, but also to plan for new payloads and attacks on your infrastructure.”

The United States and China continue to hold spots for the top three target countries. Brazil remains in the top 10, as well, but saw its attacks decline by more than half.

Nexusguard also measured increases in other attack varieties, including routing information protocol (RIP) and multicast domain name system (mDNS) threats.

Click here to download the report.

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