Attack Report


Shorter but higher volume denial of service DDoS attacks hit businesses in many industries in Q2 2012

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Prolexic quarterly DDoS attack reports are based on data collected during denial of service attacks against Prolexic’s global customer base. As the world’s leading DDoS protection and DDoS mitigation service, Prolexic is ideally positioned to collect valuable data on the origins, tactics, types, and targets of DoS and DDoS attacks and identify emerging trends.

Through data forensics and post attack analysis, Prolexic builds a global view of denial of service attacks. The information in these reports can help your enterprise adopt DDoS protection best practices and make more informed, proactive decisions about denial of service threats.

At a glance

Compared to Q2 2011

  • 50 percent increase in total number of DDoS attacks

  • 11 percent increase in infrastructure (Layer 3 & 4) attacks

  • Shorter attack duration: 17 hours vs. 26 hours

  • 63 percent higher packet-per-second (pps) volume

  • 55 percent decline in average attack bandwidth

Compared to Q1 2012

  • 10 percent increase in total number of attacks

  • 8 percent rise in Layer 3 and 4 infrastructure attacks

  • Average attack duration declines to 17 hours from 28.5

  • China retains position as main source country for DDoS attacks

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