How the DDoS Attack Landscape Continues to Shift

1 - How the DDoS Attack Landscape Continues to Shift
2 - More Than Half of Attacks Were Over HTTPS
3 - Shellshock Was a Top HTTPS Attack Vector
4 - SQL Injection Is the Top HTTP Attack Vector
5 - Most DDoS Attacks Are Infrastructure Layer
6 - Large DDoS Affected Internet and Telecom
7 - Gaming Is a Top DDoS Target
8 - 8 in 10 Web Application Attacks Are Against the U.S.
9 - DDoS Attacks Made in China
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How the DDoS Attack Landscape Continues to Shift

A new report from Akamai shows a 132 percent increase in the total volume of second-quarter DDoS attacks, compared with the same period last year.

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More Than Half of Attacks Were Over HTTPS

While HTTPS is generally considered a good thing for security because it provides encrypted data transport, it can also be used by attackers looking to breach an organization; 56 percent of attacks were over HTTPS.

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Shellshock Was a Top HTTPS Attack Vector

The Shellshock vulnerability, first disclosed in September 2014, was actively being exploited by attacks over HTTPS in the second quarter of 2015.

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SQL Injection Is the Top HTTP Attack Vector

Looking at regular HTTP Web traffic, SQL injection (SQLi) is the top attack vector, followed by local file inclusion (LFI).

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Most DDoS Attacks Are Infrastructure Layer

The vast majority (90 percent) of DDoS attacks targeted the infrastructure layer, while 10 percent affected the application layer.

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Large DDoS Affected Internet and Telecom

Ten out of twelve DDoS attacks of 100G bps or higher targeted the Internet and telecom industry. Among the largest DDoS attacks in the second quarter was a 249G-bps attack on April 3 that targeted an Internet and telecom company.

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Gaming Is a Top DDoS Target

While high-bandwidth DDoS attacks affected Internet and telecom organizations significantly in the second quarter, based on frequency, the gaming industry is still the most targeted overall, representing 35 percent of attacks in the second quarter.

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8 in 10 Web Application Attacks Are Against the U.S.

While Web application attacks are a global problem, the United States remains the top target—representing 81 percent of attacks in the second quarter of 2015.

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DDoS Attacks Made in China

During the second quarter, Akamai reported that 37 percent of all DDoS attacks originated in China.

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