DDoS ‘mega-attacks’ are on the rise, Akamai warns


AKAMAI HAS WARNED that distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) “mega attacks” are on the rise and have the potential to cause major problems.

Content delivery firm Akamai has pushed out its Q3 2016 State of the Internet report (PDF) which reveals that, while the overall number of DDoS attacks didn’t increase during 2016, the size and severity of the attacks did.

This was aided by the number of insecure Internet of Things (IoT) devices being connected to the internet, which have subsequently been compromised and used in DDoS attacks.

Akamai suggested that the number of DDoS attacks in excess of 100Gbps increased from 12 to 19 between the second quarter and third quarters, while there were only eight in the third quarter of last year.

The attack on security journalist Brian Krebs’ website was the largest Akamai has been involved in mitigating. The company had provided services to Krebs pro bono via its Prolexic network service, and recorded an attack of 623Gbps in September 2016.