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DoS and DDoS Attack Report

Global DoS and DDoS Attack Reports, Trends and Statistics

Malicious hackers launch more than 7,000 Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks each day. It’s not just your website that is at risk, either. DDoS attacks can inflict damage by taking down automated communication systems, VoIP systems, email, bill-pay applications and more.

When the attacks hit – and downtime matters – the world’s leading companies turn to Prolexic.

Our quarterly attack reports are based on data collected during attacks against our global customer base. As the world’s leading DDoS mitigation provider, Prolexic is ideally positioned to collect valuable data on the origins, tactics, types, and targets of these attacks and identify emerging trends. Through data forensics and post attack analysis, Prolexic builds a global view of DDoS attack trends.

Latest Attack Report

  • Q2 2014 – Malicious actors switch tactics to build, deploy and conceal powerful botnets
    Attack activity remains elevated

Previous Attack Reports

  • Q1 2014 – Malicious actors choose reflection, not infection for record-setting DDoS attacks
    Number of DDoS attacks, peak bandwidth soar

  • Q4 2013 – Mobile applications being used for DDoS attacks
    Ease of use, widespread availability fuel growing threat

  • Q3 2013 – DDoS perpetrators changed tactics to amplify attack sizes and hide identities
    Can now use smaller botnets to launch high-bandwidth attacks

  • Q2 2013 – Significant increases in average DDoS attack bandwidth and packet-per-second rates
    Average packet-per-second and attack bandwidth rates rise 1,655 percent and 925 percent respectively

  • Q1 2013 – Giant attacks overwhelming appliances, ISPs, carriers, content delivery networks
    Average attack bandwidth totaled 48.25 Gbps in Q1 2013, a 718 percent increase over last quarter, with an average packet-per-second rate of 32.4 Mpps.

  • Q4 2012 – e-Commerce and SaaS businesses hit with 50+ Gbps DDoS attacks
    This quarter was defined by the increasing scale and diversity of DDoS attacks as well was the enduring nature of botnets.

  • Q3 2012 – Intense 20 Gbps DDoS attacks become the new norm
    Prolexic mitigated seven DDoS attacks with an average bitrate in excess of 20 Gbps, and the United States joined China as the most prolific sources of DDoS denial of service attacks.

  • Q2 2012 – Perpetrators attempt to maximize botnet longevity
    Prolexic sees shorter but higher volume denial of service DDoS attacks hit businesses of all types as hackers try to maximize botnet longevity and revenue while minimizing the risk of discovery.

  • Q1 2012 – Financial services firms get hammered
    Prolexic logged a significant increase in attack traffic directed at financial services clients.

  • Q4 2011 – Attacks become more concentrated and damaging
    Prolexic recorded a dramatic rise in packet-per-second volume this quarter and significant attack activity against e-Commerce businesses.

  • Q3 2011 – DDoS attackers change strategies
    Prolexic saw changing tactics where attackers were starting to target the DDoS mitigation infrastructure directly, specifically routers, most of which do not have the capacity to process high packets-per-second attacks.

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