Spotlight: Attackers take aim at ISP and carrier router infrastructures with high packet-per-second DDoS attacks
The increasing scale of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks is challenging appliances, ISPs, carriers and content delivery networks
Notable DDoS trends from January – March 2013 include the following:
- Average attack bandwidth increased more than sevenfold compared with Q4 2012. The average packet-per-second (pps) rate reached over 32 Mpps.
- With such excessive pps rates, even the largest enterprises can expect significant challenges from these magnified DDoS attacks.
- Attack volume continued to grow after a record number of recorded attacks in Q4 2012, reflecting a general trend of heightened global DDoS activity and risk of attack.
- China continued to be the leader in attack source country rankings, along with the United States, Germany and, for the first time, Iran. This is very interesting because Iran enforces strict browsing policies similar to Cuba and North Korea.