COVID-19 has accelerated changes in the way attackers hit web applications. Based on behaviors we observed during our research, we developed five predictions on how web application security will change as we come out of the COVID-19 period – and what security pros can do about it.

1. More sophisticated account takeover (ATO) attacks.

The COVID crisis has created new opportunities for attackers. It has also accelerated the innovation and development of new attack tools. Consumers changed their usage patterns and the attackers followed them. For example, use of online retail, food delivery and e-learning services has spiked. These big traffic shifts – often the doubling or tripling of legitimate users – present an opportunity for attackers to victimize inexperienced website operators defending against hard-to-spot distributed attacks.

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