DDoS Attack Volume Escalates as New Methods Emerge

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2014-05-28

Hacktivists such as Anonymous might seem to get the most attention in the news, but business crime is actually a primary motivator. Not too long ago, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks were considered minor annoyances, at best. They've since evolved in sheer volume, complexity and malicious nature, pushing the need for dedicated DDoS defenses to the forefront for many companies. Did you know, for example, that an average of 28 distributed denial-of-service attacks occur every hour? That's only one of the data points reported in the DDoS Threat Report 2013, released recently and compiled by network security firm NSFOCUS, which details attack trends and methodologies during the past year. The report expands on the top 10 findings to include statistical analysis and key observations based on the 244,703 DDoS incidents that the NSFOCUS Threat Response and Research team observed. The study looks at the methods hackers use and the extent of their activities. This eWEEK slide show covers highlights from the report.


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