IN CASE YOU MISSED THEM, the UK is literally battered with denial of service (DDoS) attacks, and is actually only second in a table of most attacked nations.
A company called Imperva brings this to our attention in its quarterly report about DDoS attacks. It says that the number and size of attacks just keeps going up, and that it is nearly always either the US or the UK that takes the brunt of it.
The second quarter of 2016 saw more 50Mbps attacks than the quarter before it, one every three days compared to one every four days, and the biggest attack on the block weighed in at a morbidly large 170 Mbps.
Imperva says that this is more than most appliances can handle, and it isn't kidding. 170Mpbs isn't even the largest attack it saw, and the firm claims to have witnessed a network attack that peaked at 475Gbps. We've heard of higher, including one that wobbled into view at 1.5Tbps.
This is bad for businesses but good business for Imperva, because, of course, it can deal with these sort of things for a fee.
Attacks don't just increase in size but also in length, and in one case Imperva said that one lasted for 10 days. The majority, though, over 75 percent, lasted for under half an hour.
"In Q2 2016, Imperva Incapsula mitigated 8,225 network layer assaults at an average of 575 per week," added the firm. "This represents an 11.3 per cent quarterly increase, even after factoring in our user base growth."
While the UK is the second most attacked country, with around 12 per cent of the total, and the US the first, with over 60 percent, the country most likely to be found attacking others is China, according to the report. The great nation accounts for 53 per cent of attacks and its closest rival, Taiwan, only manages 6.8 percent.
"In Q2 2016 we continued to see an increase in attacks against businesses in the UK and US, which further solidified their positions as the most attacked countries," added the firm.
"China also regained its leading position in Q2 as the source of most DDoS traffic, due to a wave of assaults from Nitol botnets." µ
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