Prolexic Technologies, a provider of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, published its new ‘Quarterly Global DDoS Attack Report’ which revealed an increase in scale and diversity of DDoS attacks against its global clients.
In the report, Prolexic also mitigated 50 plus Gbps DDoS attacks against clients in the e-Commerce and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS (News - Alert)) sectors along with its primary focus DDoS attacks against U.S. financial services companies.
Scott Hammack, CEO at Prolexic commented, “The fourth quarter was defined by the increasing scale and diversity of DDoS attacks. While bandwidth attacks of 20 Gbps were the story last quarter, 50 Gbps is more relevant now.”
The fourth quarter of 2012 saw a 27.5-percent increase in attacks compared to the 19-percent increase in the Q4 of 2011. The total number of infrastructure attacks in Q4 2012 rose 17 percent, while the total number of application attacks was up by 72 percent.
The last quarter of 2012 was also the highest number of attacks Prolexic has logged for one quarter.
China supposedly retained its place as the top source country for DDoS attacks in the report. Compared to last quarter, the United States dropped down in the rankings, while two European countries, France and Germany, rejoined the top 10 list.
The report includes an analysis of recent DDoS attacks, types and frequencies of application-layer and infrastructure attacks, trends in attack types and size, time and possibilities for DDoSers to launch an attack, difficulty involved in stopping BroDos botnets, and more.
Hammack added, “The take away for businesses from this Q4 report is to make sure that their DDoS mitigation provider can handle attacks in excess of 50 Gbps in a single location. When attacks are this large, it’s important that the provider can mitigate this volume of attack traffic in one place and distribute it effectively so it does not compromise intermediary transit providers and affect others.”
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