DDoS Attacks Increase in Size, Frequency and Duration

DDoS Attacks Increase in Size, Frequency and Duration

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks are increasing in size, frequency and duration.


Kaspersky Lab reported a doubling of DDoS attacks in the first quarter of 2020 compared with the fourth quarter of 2019, plus an 80% jump compared with the same quarter last year.


Kaspersky also found that DDoS cyberattacks are increasing in duration. Average attack duration increased 24% in the first quarter of 2020 compared with the year-ago quarter. Meanwhile, maximum attack duration more than doubled in the first quarter compared to the same quarter last year.


A recent DDoS attack against a large European bank clocked in at 809 million packets per second, more than double the previous record on the Akamai platform. 


Akamai reported a 1.44 terabits per second attack against an internet service provider last month. The attack came from nine different vectors, lasted for more than an hour, and maintained an intensity of 1.3 terabits per second.


In February, Amazon Web Services (AWS) saw a record 2.3 terabits per second DDoS attack. This was 44% larger than any previous DDoS detected by AWS.


Types of DDoS Attacks


Akamai explained that bits-per-second (BPS) and packets-per-second (PPS) attacks have different approaches to targeting victims. With BPS attacks, the goal is to overwhelm the inbound internet pipeline. It bombards the circuit with more traffic than it can handle. With PPS attacks, the aim is to ..