Enterprise Still Main Target of DDoS Attacks

By Karen A. Frenkel  |  Posted 05-30-2014 Email Print this article Print

Enterprise and commerce continue to weather the most-frequent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks of all industries. Together, they account for 70 percent of reported attacks, with 159 for enterprise and 82 for commerce, according to Akamai Technology's latest "State of the Internet Report." American customers reported slightly less than half the total attacks. The Akamai Q4 2013 report includes data gathered across the Akamai Intelligent Platform on attack traffic, broadband adoption and mobile conductivity. Akamai maintains unadvertised agents deployed across the Internet that log connection attempts classified as attack traffic. Unlike Q3, which saw a decline in the concentration of attacks, Q4 saw growth in the volume of attack traffic coming from the top 10 countries. Attack concentration grew to 88 percent, up from 83 percent in Q3 and down from 89 percent in Q2 2013. Akamai identified 188 countries and regions that originated observable attack traffic. The country that appears to originate the attack as identified by IP address may not be where the attacker lives, however. To see the full report, click here

  • China Remains Largest Attack Traffic Originator

    China maintained its position as the originator of most attack traffic, with quarter-over- quarter growth increasing from 35% to 43% in Q4.
    China Remains Largest Attack Traffic Originator
  • Attack Traffic Originators Climb in North America

    The U.S. followed China at 19%, up from 11%. Canada followed in third place, with 10% of the attacks in Q4, a substantial increase from Q3's 0.4%.
    Attack Traffic Originators Climb in North America
  • Indonesia's Attack Traffic Declines

    Attack traffic in Indonesia continued to decline, falling to 6%, which is one-fourth of its Q3 attack traffic.
    Indonesia's Attack Traffic Declines
  • Port 445 Most Targeted

    Attacks on Port 445 (Microsoft-DS) grew to 30% of observed attacks quarter-over-quarter. It was the top targeted port in Germany, Romania, Russia, Taiwan, Canada, and the U. S.
    Port 445 Most Targeted
  • Ports 80 and 443 Follow

    Port 80 (WWW/HTTP) remained in second place, accounting for 14% of attacks. Port 443 (SSL/HTTPS) stayed in third place, but dropped from 13% to 8% in Q4.
    Ports 80 and 443 Follow
  • DDoS Attacks Increase in Late 2013

    Reported attacks increased 23% from Q3 to Q4 for a total of 346 assaults, in contrast to the decline from Q2 to Q3 during which there were 318 and 218 attacks, respectively.
    DDoS Attacks Increase in Late 2013
  • Total DDoS Attacks in 2013 Rise

    1,153 DDoS attacks occurred in all of 2013, a substantial increase from 768 attacks in 2012.
    Total DDoS Attacks in 2013 Rise
  • Likelihood of Repeated Attacks

    The probability of experiencing repeated attacks in Q4 increased to 35%, with 56 of the attacked 162 organizations suffered repeated threats throughout the quarter.
    Likelihood of Repeated Attacks
Karen A. Frenkel writes about technology and innovation and lives in New York City.


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