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Q1 2014 sees surge in reflection-based DDoS attacks

Ready availability, ease of use of reflection-based DDoS toolkits, expected to fuel future DDoS attack campaigns

In Q1 2014, DDoS attackers relied less upon traditional botnet infection in favor of reflection and amplification techniques. Instead of using a network of zombie computers, the newer DDoS toolkits abuse Internet protocols that are available on open or vulnerable servers and devices. We believe this approach can lead to the Internet becoming a ready-to-use botnet for malicious actors.

New reflection and amplification attack tools can deliver a powerful punch. Q1 saw a 39 percent increase in average bandwidth and the largest-ever DDoS attack to cross the Prolexic (now part of Akamai) DDoS mitigation network. This attack involved multiple reflection techniques combined with a traditional botnet-based application attack to generate peak traffic of more than 200 Gbps (gigabits per second) and 53.5 Mpps (million packets per second).

Prolexic’s latest DDoS attack report also shows that Q1 2014 once again set a new record for the largest DDoS attack ever. Compared to the same quarter one year ago, peak attack bandwidth increased 133% compared to Q1 last year.

The Q1 2014 report covers:

  • Analysis of recent DDoS attack trends
  • Breakdown of average Gbps/Mpps statistics
  • Year-over-year and quarter-by-quarter analysis
  • Types and frequency of application layer attacks
  • Types and frequency of infrastructure attacks
  • Trends in attack frequency, size and sources
  • Where and when DDoSers launch attacks
  • Case study and analysis

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About the Prolexic Security Engineering & Response Team (PLXsert)

PLXsert monitors malicious cyber threats globally and analyzes DDoS attacks using proprietary techniques and equipment. Through data forensics and post attack analysis, PLXsert is able to build a global view of DDoS attacks, which is shared with customers, government organizations and law enforcement agencies. By identifying the sources and associated attributes of individual attacks, the PLXsert team helps organizations adopt best practices and make more informed, proactive decisions about DDoS threats. To learn more about PLXsert, please contact or call +1 (888) 368 2923.

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