Cyber Risk and Record Web Traffic May Disrupt 2020 Holiday Shopping

Imperva report details the array of complex cyber attacks targeting online retailers

Imperva, Inc., the cybersecurity leader whose mission is to protect data and all paths to it, released the State of Security Within e-Commerce, a new threat intelligence report from Imperva Research Labs. The report illustrates the varying cybersecurity attack risks facing the retail industry and the impact the global pandemic had on the volume of attacks and web traffic. The findings suggest peak levels of traffic will be seen throughout the holiday shopping season as a flood of consumers turn to online channels to purchase goods.

As detailed in the Imperva Cyber Threat Index — a monthly measurement and analysis of the global cyber threat landscape across data and applications — shortly after stay-at-home orders were issued, web traffic to retail sites spiked by as much as 28 percent over the weekly average, eclipsing the record peaks from the 2019 holiday shopping season. Cybercriminals capitalized on the chaos and shift to a remote world by launching bad bot attacks and DDoS attacks with the goal of disrupting online activities. As retailers now prepare for a surge in online holiday shopping amid the on-going global pandemic, Imperva experts urge vigilance and preparedness on the part of online businesses.

The report details several concerning cyber attack trends:

  • Bad Bots abusing websites, mobile apps and APIs
  • API Attacks
  • Web Attacks
  • DDoS Attacks
  • Account Takeover (ATO) Attacks
  • Client-Side Attacks

Read the full Imperva article here and download the «State of Security within E-Commerce» report here to learn more about how Imperva helps stop these threats.

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