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[Q3 2014]

= compared to [Q2 2014]

High-bandwidth attacks (greater than 100 Gbps) jumped 183
All high-bandwidth attacks used a SYN flood among multiple
attack vectors
Multi-vector attacks are increasing due to ease of use and
availability of toolkits available through the DDoS-for-hire
The number of infrastructure-layer attacks was up 2 percent
Infrastructure-layer attacks represented 89 percent of all DDoS
Duration of attacks was up 29

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= the trend toward larger attacks

What is driving larger attack sizes?
Attackers are taking a force not technique approach.

Previous attack trends favored reflection-based attacks using protocols such as


Malicious actors are choosing attack tools that focus on SYN and UPD payloads
with long attack campaigns

The largest attacks used traditional botnet-based methods

Multi-vector attacks are becoming the norm

More than half of all DDoS attacks used multiple attack vectors

Easy-to-use attack toolkits make sophisticated multi-vector attacks available to a

larger number of malicious actors

Evolving reflection-based attacks may also be used to generate

high-bandwidth DDoS attacks
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= compared to [Q3 2013]

Attacks were larger and longer than the same quarter a
year ago
Average attack bandwidth increased 389 percent
Peak packet-per-second volume increased 366 percent.
Heavy bandwidth consumption with increased packet rate shows the growing
sophistication of DDoS attacks
Multi-vector attacks increased 9 percent
Application layer attacks decreased 44 percent
Infrastructure layer attacks increased 43 percent.
Total DDoS attacks increased 22 percent

2014 will likely set a record for number of DDoS attacks

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= distribution of DDoS attack vectors

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= geographical source of Q3 2014 attacks

China and the U.S. continue to lead in the number of DDoS attacks
Attacks from China decreased from 62 percent of malicious traffic in Q3 2013 to
20 percent
Brazils share of DDoS traffic saw a dramatic increase, to 18 percent of the total,
compared with 8 percent in Q3 2013
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= target industries in Q3 2014

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= targeted industries: analysis

As in Q2 2014, gaming was the most-targeted industry

Targeted in 33 percent of attacks

Media was second-most targeted at 24 percent

Increased from 15 percent in Q2

Media-focused attacks tend to coincide with political and civil

issues in the news
Software and technology firms were targeted in 19 percent of
Financial services, including banks and trading platforms,
accounted for 9 percent of attacks

Continues a trend from Q2 2014 of fewer attacks in this industry

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= Q3 2014 state of the internet security report

Download the Q3 2014 State of the Internet Security Report,
which includes:
Analysis of DDoS attack trends
Bandwidth (Gbps) and volume (Mpps) statistics
Year-over-year and quarter-by-quarter analysis
Application layer attacks and infrastructure attacks
Attack frequency, size and sources
Where and when DDoSers strike
How and why attackers are building DDoS botnets from devices other than PCs
and servers
Details of a record-breaking 321 Gbps DDoS attack
Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) phishing attacks

Learn more at

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