As Internet Gets Faster, Volume of DDoS Attacks Grows, Akamai Reports

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2015-12-29 Print this article Print

Quarter after quarter, global broadband speeds edge higher, providing users around the world with faster access to the Internet. Unfortunately, even as Internet users benefit from increased speeds, there is a growing number of security risks, according to the third-quarter 2015 State of the Internet (SOTI) reports from Akamai. Akamai issues two separate SOTI reports, the security-focused report, which it released on Dec. 8, and the network-specific report that was released on Dec. 16. In the third quarter, the average global connection speed into Akamai's network was 5.1M bps, a 14 percent year-over-year gain. The average connection speed in the United States was 12.6M bps—a 9.4 percent year-over-year gain—ranking the U.S. 16th globally. From a security perspective, Akamai reported that it defended against 1,510 distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in the quarter, which is a 180 percent year-over-year increase. While the number of DDoS attacks rose, the top DDoS attack in the quarter came in at 149G bps, a decline from the 250G-bps peak reported in the second quarter. In this slide show, eWEEK takes a look at some of the key findings in the 3Q15 Akamai State of the Internet report.


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