The G20 network was attacked 133,254 times by hackers during a recent meeting in China, NSFOCUS has revealed.

The US-based firm was appointed by China’s Ministry of Public Security to provide 24/7 cyber-security protection for networks and applications associated with the G20 Summit.

NSFOCUS global threat research senior vice-president Dr. Richard Zhao said: “Cybercrime is evolving with hackers moving beyond traditional attacks to more advanced threats, and geopolitical conferences are always an ideal target for malicious activity.

"In order to combat these threats and ensure the security of the summit, NSFOCUS took a holistic approach and implemented an integrated and layered security solution to protect the G20.

“As a result, the event carried on as planned, and the striking number of incoming attacks did not disrupt activities.”

"Cybercrime is evolving with hackers moving beyond traditional attacks to more advanced threats."

NSFOCUS said that there were an additional 1.9 million attacks against organisations who provided other services to the G20 summit.

There were 1,984 distributed denial of service attacks and 169,919 web attacks on G20 and G20-affiliated networks.

Zhao added: “During the course of the conference, NSFOCUS protected G20 assets and customers against a non-stop barrage of attacks.

“Hundreds of thousands of attacks executed over the course of several days presents a significant danger to even the most secure network. It’s worrying, but not surprising, to see such a force unleashed on the summit. NSFOCUS is proud to have defeated these attacks on a key leadership forum like G20.”

NSFOCUS said that it had protected 12,728 web applications and key pages associated with the G20 Summit.

Image: NSFOCUS successfully safeguarded security of G20 Summit network assets. Photo: courtesy of freebieshutterb /