Akamai's Q1 2016 State of the Internet - Security Report has been released today, detailing the global cyber and cloud security threats found in its Akamai Security Platform, with Australia being the seventh-most targeted country.
Below are some key highlights of the Q1 2016 report.
The number of mitigated DDoS attacks in Q1 2016 increased by 125% compared to Q1 2015. These DDoS attacks primarily included stresser/booter-based tools, which use vulnerable servers to route traffic on servers such as DNS, CHARGEN, and NTP.
DDoS reflectors (compared to Q4 2015)
The amount of internet-based attacks has increased by 25.5% compared to Q4 2015, with most attacks both sourced from and targeted at the United States.
The report introduced bot activity analysis, which tracked more than two trillion bot requests over 24 hours.
Stuart Scholly, senior vice president and general manager, Security Business Unit, Akamai, believes the growth of attacks is becoming more complex.
“Interestingly, nearly 60 percent of the DDoS attacks we mitigated used at least two attack vectors at once, making defense more difficult. Perhaps more concerning, this multi-vector attacks functionality was not only used by the most clever of attackers, it has become a standard capability in the DDoS-for-hire marketplace and accessible to even the least skilled actors,” Scholly says.