DDoS Attack Size Up 73% From 2015

According to the latest global report from Arcbor Networks, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks continue to be popular with attackers, increasing in size, complexity and frequency in the first half of 2016.

This represents a 73% increase from the largest attack recorded in 2015 by Arbor Networks – the security division of NetScout.

The report shows that DDoS remains a common attack type due to the easy availability of free tools and inexpensive online services that enable anyone with an internet connection to launch an attack.

The report said that this has led to an increase in the frequency, size and complexity of attacks in recent years, with an average of 124,000 DDoS attacks a week in the past 18 months.

The report also found the UK, US and France are the top targets for attacks over 10Gbps.In the first half of 2016 the average attack size was 986Mbps, a 30% increase over 2015. The average attack size is projected to be 1.15Gbps by the end of 2016.

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