Unprecedented Rise in Brute-Force Attacks in South Africa, world

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Through the last fortnight, the sum total of automated hacking attempts in South Africa skyrocketed compared to the previous 14 days. According to information from Syspeace-secured Windows Servers, there was a rise of 450 percent in automated hacking attempts per server. Such rise in brute-force attacks on Windows servers is unprecedented anywhere else in the world. There was a slight escalation of 19 percent in the whole world.

Syspeace registered 4,400 brute-force attacks per Windows servers in South Africa through the two weeks prior. That is to say, the brute-force attacks escalated by 450 percent. The number of automated hacking attempts blocked by Syspeace in South Africa was 130,000. It is the highest number of automated hacking attempts per Syspeace-secured server for a single 14-day period in the country’s measured history of hackers trying to gain access to servers.

With similar changes, Hong Kong and Honduras have been under increased attacks. With 120 blocked brute-force attacks per Windows server secured by Syspeace the previous 14 days, Hong Kong has witnessed an escalation of 220 percent compared to the last fortnight. In Honduras, the sum total has gone up by 210 percent to 560 automated hacking attempts per Windows server secured by Syspeace.

South Africa is not alone. The attacks on Syspeace-secured Windows Servers have shown a slight growth all around the world. Throughout the last weeks there have been 19 percent more automated hacking attempts than during the last fortnight in the world. By now, this year there have been 1,800 automated hacking attempts per Syspeace-secured Windows Server in the world. Compared to the same period last year, the sum total of brute-force attacks has declined by 14 percent. Simply put, Syspeace blocked 1,600,000 automated hacking attempts in the world.

The statistics is collected by Syspeace, a company that helps fight automated hacking attempts. Syspeace saves businesses time, effort, and money by blocking attacks that otherwise take many hours of repetitive, manual labor to detect and prevent. Syspeace monitors all the global Windows servers secured by Syspeace meticulously. The company is a global trendsetter on the topic since 2012, having collected and analyzed statistics on brute-force attacks.

An automated hacking attempt consists of an attacker submitting many passwords or passphrases with the hope of in the end guessing them. The attacker systematically checks all possible passwords and passphrases and tries to find the correct one.

To keep systems secure and block brute-force attacks, Syspeace provides software that protects firms from IT theft, combined with exceptional customer support.

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