Enterprise Is the Main Target of DDoS Attacks

 
 
By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 03-11-2014 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks plague the enterprise sector more than any other sector, including commerce, according to Akamai's just-released "Third Quarter, 2013 State of the Internet Report." Every quarter, Akamai releases such surveys, which include data gathered from across the company's Intelligent Platform about attack traffic, broadband adoption, mobile conductivity and other topics relating to the use of the Internet. The third-quarter report also monitors the activities of the Syrian Electronic Army and makes observations about Akamai traffic activity related to Internet disruptions in Syria, Myanmar and Sudan. The report also reviews mobile browser usage by network type, based on data from Akamai IO. Akamai can identify the top countries from which attack traffic originates, but the IP address does not indicate where the attacker is based. For example, a cybercriminal in Russia may be attacking from compromised systems in China, notes the report. To download the report, click here.  

 
 
 
  • Attack Traffic From Top Originating Countries

    During the third quarter (Q3) of 2013, attacks originated from the 185 countries or regions, up 10 from the previous quarter. China (35%), Indonesia (20%), United States (11%)
    Attack Traffic From Top Originating Countries
  • Attack Traffic From Top Ports

    Port 445 (Microsoft-DS) continues to be the most targeted port, drawing 23% of DDoS attacks. Attacks targeting Ports 80 (WWW/HTTP) and 443 (SSL/HTTPS) declined, dropping to 14% and 13%, respectively, compared to the second quarter (Q2) of 2013.
    Attack Traffic From Top Ports
  • DDoS Attacks Decreased From Previous Quarter

    All types of attacks increased from 2012 to Q3, 2013, from 768 to 807, respectively, but since Akamai started reporting DDoS attacks in Q4, 2012, such attacks decreased from Q2 to Q3, 2013, from 318 to 281.
    DDoS Attacks Decreased From Previous Quarter
  • 2013 Will See an Overall Increase in DDoS Attacks

    "We believe that 2013 will ultimately be a significantly more active year for DDoS attacks than 2012 as of the end of the third quarter, customers had already reported more DDoS attacks than they did in all of 2012," says David Belson, the report's editor.
    2013 Will See an Overall Increase in DDoS Attacks
  • Enterprise Took the Brunt of DDoS Attacks

    The enterprise continues to be the leading target of DDoS attacks, with 127 reported in Q3, 2013. Commerce followed with 80 attacks, and media and entertainment reported 42.
    Enterprise Took the Brunt of DDoS Attacks
  • Follow-Up Attacks Are Very Likely

    Of the 281 Q3 attacks, 27 customers were attacked for a second time, five reported three attacks, and seven were attacked more than three times. Data analysis indicates that if a company suffers one DDoS attack, there is a 25% chance of another assault within three months.
    Follow-Up Attacks Are Very Likely
  • Last Year's Major Attacker Fairly Quiet Now

    One reason for Q3's shrinking attacks is the "relative silence" of the biggest attacker last year and earlier this year, the Izz ad-Dim al-Qassam Cyber Fighters, according to the report.
    Last Year's Major Attacker Fairly Quiet Now
  • DDoS Q3, 2013 Attacks by Region

    North America (165), Asia-Pacific (71), Europe and the Middle East (45)
    DDoS Q3, 2013 Attacks by Region
  • Attacks of all Types to Increase by Q4, 2013

    Akamai projects more than 1,000 attacks of all types to be reported by customers by the end of 2013.
    Attacks of all Types to Increase by Q4, 2013
 
 
 
 
 
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and science, innovation, and entrepreneurs and lives in New York City.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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