DDoS and Attacks Against Port 23 on the Rise

By Sean M. Kerner  |  Posted 2015-03-30

Akamai released its fourth-quarter 2014 State of the Internet Report on March 25, providing updated statistics on trends in Internet security and connection speeds. Akamai operates a global content delivery network (CDN) that accommodated 803 million unique IPv4 addresses in the fourth quarter of 2014, with 151 million of those addresses inside the United States. Akamai reported that the average connection speed to its global network came in at 4.5M bps, for a 20 percent year-over-year gain. South Korea was the fastest nation, with an average connection speed of 22.2M bps. The U.S. placed 16th overall, with an average connection speed of 11.1M bps, for a 15 percent year-over-year gain. Akamai reported 327 distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in the fourth quarter, up from 270 in the third quarter of 2014. Not surprisingly, enterprises ranked as the top target, representing 31 percent of the DDoS attacks. China was once again identified as the top source of attack traffic, recording 41 percent of all observed attacks. In this slide show, eWEEK looks at some of the key findings in the 4Q14 Akamai State of the Internet Report.


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