Akamai highlights year-on-year increase in DDoS attacks; report
Akamai's Intelligent platform analyses an array of Internet security trends in Q2 2016
Akamai Technologies released its "Second Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet/Security" report, which highlighted the cloud security landscape, DDoS trends, web application attacks and malicious traffic from bots.
Martin McKeay, editor-in-chief, State of the Internet / Security Report, said: "While attack sizes are decreasing, we continue to see an uptick in the number of attacks as launch tools grow increasingly pervasive and easy to use and monetise.
"This commoditisation renders businesses vulnerable to a higher frequency of attacks they can't defend against on their own. As we look toward Cybersecurity Awareness Month in October, it is important for organisations to understand what they are up against, specifically as adversaries increasingly threaten DDoS attacks for ransom."
Using data gathered from Akamai's Intelligent Platform, the report revealed the total of DDoS attacks increased by 129%, a total of 4,919, in Q2 2016 from Q2 2015. Akamai observed 12 attacks during Q2 which exceeded 100Gbps and two that reached 300Gbps that targeted the media and entertainment industry.
The report further showed a 14% increase in web application attacks, with SQL injection and Local File Inclusion were the two most common attack vectors. Brazil experienced a 197% increase in attacks and the US ranked second among countries for total web applications attacks, yet it saw a 13% decrease compared to Q1 2016.
During one 24-hour period, bots accounted for 43% of web traffic across the Akamai Intelligent Platform. Furthermore, detected automation tools and scraping campaigns represented 63% of all bot traffic, a 10% increase from Q1 2016.