Biggest DDoS attack in Q1 2016 was 289Gbps

Akamai has released its Q1 2016 State of the Internet Security Report, which shows an annual increase of 125% in DDoS attacks.

There was a rise in the use of stresser/booter-based botnets by attackers.

“These tools rely on the use of reflection attacks, bouncing traffic off servers running vulnerable services,” said Akamai.

In Q1 2016, a record 19 attacks exceeded 100Gbps, with the largest attacks hitting the software and technology, gaming, and media and entertainment sectors.

The largest DDoS attack measured 289Gbps, a slight drop compared to the largest attack in the previous quarter – 309Gbps.

Aside from the largest attack, most of the mega-attacks seemed to use tools common to booters/stressers.

Six DDoS attacks in Q1 exceeded 30 million packets per second (Mpps), and two attacks peaked at more than 50Mpps.

The packet rate can affect a number of routers and networks more profoundly than the number of bytes per packet, as even small packets consume memory – tying up resources.

This resource consumption can result in packet loss within the routers and potentially cause collateral damage.

The infographic below provides an overview of online attacks in Q1 2016.

DDoS Attacks

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