For many people DDoS attacks are unfamiliar territory, but those harmed by denial of service attacks know that DDoS attacks can be extremely damaging to a business.
Malicious actors use DDoS attacks, or distributed denial of service attacks, to try to make an entire website, email system, voicemail system or network inaccessible to the users for which it’s intended. The goal of a DDoS attack is to make the targeted system unavailable due to extremely slow response time or an outage.
Over time, the nature of DDoS attacks has changed. They have become more intense and destructive. This infographic, DDoS Attack Metrics, compares key metrics of DDoS attacks mitigated by Prolexic in Q1 2013 compared with previous quarters.
This infographic reveals:
The total number of attacks per quarter have steadily increased
The total number of infrastructure attacks have increased, while application layer attacks have decreased
The average bits per second rate increase a whopping 691% over the past year, from 6.1 Gbps in Q1 2012 to 48.25 Gbps in Q1 2013
The average bits per second went up 718% in just one quarter, from 5.9 Gbps in Q4 2012 to 48.25 Gbps in Q1 2013
Average attack duration went up 7.14% from the prior quarter and 21% from the prior year
China retained the position in Q1 2013 of being the leading origin of DDoS attacks
For a more detailed view into recent global DDoS attacks and a full analysis of them, download the most recent Global DDoS Attack Report.
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