GOOD GRIEF. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are putting on weight and breaking records, according to numbers from watching firm Arbor Networks.
The Arbor Networks 11th Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report has a big whack of a warning for readers, and a tale about an oversized 500Gbps DDoS beast in the wild.
"A constantly evolving threat environment is an accepted fact of life for survey respondents," said Arbor Networks chief security technologist Darren Anstee.
"This report provides broad insight into the issues that network operators around the world are grappling with on a daily basis. Furthermore, the findings underscore that technology is only part of the true story since security is a human endeavor and there are skilled adversaries on both sides.
"Thanks to the information provided by network operators worldwide, we are able to offer insights into people and processes, providing a much richer and more vibrant picture of what is happening on the front lines."
This is all well and good, but the detail is the thing here. Arbor said that attackers are embracing DDoS attacks as a show of strength and that this muscle flexing led to the 500Gbps attack.
"This year the top motivation was not hacktivism or vandalism but criminals demonstrating attack capabilities, something typically associated with cyber extortion attempts," said the report.
"Attack size continues to grow. The largest attack reported was 500Gbps, with others reporting attacks of 450Gbps, 425Gbps and 337Gbps. In 11 years of this survey, the largest attack size has grown by more than 60 times."
Akamai warned us in August about 240Mbps mega attacks, but these things continually advance. We reported in October that some companies out there get attacked on average four and a half times a day. Let us spare a thought for those poor bastards. µ
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