Akamai has released its Q3 2015 State of the Internet Security Report, which shows that the number of DDoS attacks increased by 180% this year.
The third quarter of 2015 set a record for the number of DDoS attacks recorded on Akamai’s routed network – a total of 1,510.
Although the number of DDoS attacks increased, the percentage of attacks that targeted the application layer (Layer 7) dropped 42% quarter-on-quarter.
Mega DDoS attacks – those measuring 100Gbps or more – dropped from 12 last quarter to 8 this quarter.
Compared to Q3 2014, 100+ Gbps-sized attacks have decreased 53%.
Here are the year-on-year statistics highlighted in the Q3 2015 State of the Internet Security Report:
- 179.66% increase in total DDoS attacks
- 25.74% increase in application layer (Layer 7) DDoS attacks
- 198.1% increase in infrastructure layer (Layer 3 and 4) DDoS attacks
- 15.65% decrease in average attack duration: 18.86 vs. 22.36 hours
- 65.58% decrease in average peak attack bandwidth
- 88.72% decrease in average peak attack volume
- 462.44% increase in reflection attacks
- 52.94% decrease in attacks > 100 Gbps: 8 vs. 17
DDoS and web applications attacks