Spotlight: DDoS perpetrators changed tactics to amplify attack sizes and hide identities
Malicious actors are shifting to reflection and amplification attacks to launch more powerful attacks with fewer resources.
Notable DDoS trends from July – September 2013 include the following:
- Although the average distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack duration declined considerably, Q3 2013 set a record for the number of attacks, demonstrating a consistently heightened level of global DDoS attack activity.
- Reflection attacks increased 70 percent from Q2 to Q3, and more than 265 percent from Q3 2012.
- Distributed reflection denial of service (DrDoS) attacks are increasingly popular because they give attackers an easily obscured means of amplifying attack.
- More than 62 percent of Q3 2013 DDoS attacks originated in China.