Akamai Security Report Shows Threat Landscape Continues to Evolve

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2016-09-21

Akamai's Q2 2016 State of the Internet/Security Report, released Sept. 14, examines the various forms of attacks and risks the company saw during the quarter, including 4,919 distributed denial-of service (DDoS) attacks. The largest DDoS incident that Akamai defended against in the second quarter was a 363G-bps attack, which is markedly larger than the top attack during the first quarter, which was reported at 289G bps. Among the different techniques used by DDoS attackers is Network Time Protocol (NTP) reflection, which was used in 59 percent of reflection attacks in the second quarter. Although China was the top source for DDoS attack traffic, accounting for 56 percent in the second quarter, Brazil became the top source for web application attacks as it passed the United States on this front. Another area of growing concern for internet security is bot traffic. When Akamai took a sample of its traffic one day in the second quarter, bots represented 43 percent of all traffic. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at key findings of Akamai's latest State of the Internet/Security Report.


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