We continue to preview sections of the Q1 2015 State of the Internet Security Report due out later this month.So far, we've told you about the continuing trend of website defacements and DNS Hijacking, the potential security risks of widespread IPv6 adoption, and the significance of a 100 GBPS attack.
Among the Q1 2015 highlights:
- We saw a record number of DDoS attacks recorded on the Prolexic network - more than double what was reported in Q1 2014.
- The profile of typical attacks changed.
- Last year, high bandwidth, short-duration attacks were the norm. This time, the typical DDoS attack was less than 10 Gbps and lasted for more than 24 hours.
- SSDP attacks -- absent in Q1 2014 -- came on strongly in Q1 2015.
- The proliferation of unsecured home-based, Internet-connected devices using the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) Protocol has made them attractive attack targets.
Meanwhile, the gaming sector was hit with more DDoS attacks than any other industry. Gaming has remained the most targeted industry since Q2 2014 and its share of DDoS attacks has remained steady when compared to the previous quarter. DDoS attacks were fueled by malicious actors seeking to gain media attention or notoriety from peer groups, damage reputations and cause disruptions in gaming services. Some of the largest console gaming networks were openly and extensively attacked in December 2014, when more players were likely to be affected. This trend continued in the first quarter of 2015, especially during a three-week period in January.
To read the full story, pre-register for your copy of the Q1 2015 State of the Internet Security Report.