AT&T blocks more than 5 billion malicious scans every day. That is a huge number of attacks, and one has to wonder what level of computing resources are required to launch such attacks. This is a reminder that cybercrime is big business, and the criminals are willing and able to deploy the necessary resources, because the return on investment makes it worthwhile.
Network provider AT&T says it has to deal with large numbers of cyber-attacks each day on its global network, and that it sees around 30 billion malicious scans daily on its IP network. According to Jason Porter, Security Solutions Vice President at AT&T, the company blocks 5 billion malicious scans targeted specifically to the company every day, as attackers are probing for vulnerabilities they can exploit. What’s more, the provider sees 400 million spam messages on its global IP network each day and blocks 200,000 malware events targeted specifically to it.