Why are HTTPS attacks becoming more common?

8th November 2021

Hackers and cyber criminals continue to become sneakier with the methods they are using to compromise companies and users. Researchers have found that in 2021 alone, the number of hackers using HTTPS as part of their attacks has risen by over 300%.  

HTTPS is an encrypted version of the Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP). A HTTP is used to establish a connection between a sever and a user’s browser. HTTPS allows the browser to communicate with websites whilst also preventing external snoopers from prying on the user and their searches.  

Technology companies received the highest rise in attacks with a 2,344% increase whilst retail and wholesale received an also incredible 841% increase. Malware is the most common type of attack whilst Cryptomining, whilst it saw a decrease this year, is also a common method.  

Phishing attacks on Microsoft 365 saw a 90% rise this year. This is because criminals can host credential-stealing sites that look legitimate on this platform. HTTPS have also been used a lot this year for credential stuffing. This is where the hackers use a huge database of stolen log ins to try to log in to websites and applications to access users’ personal data.  

Researchers discovered that a whopping 70% of all HTTPS-based web facing applications were interacted with by hackers this year. And that number is only going to increase.  

With cyber criminals becoming more devious every day it is imperative that users and companies are aware of how best to protect themselves from what these hackers can throw at them. If you have any questions regarding you or your company’s online security, please get in touch with us.  

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