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[Q4 2014]

akamai.com

= compared to [Q 3 2014]

90% increase in total DDoS attacks


54% decrease in average attack bandwidth

121% increase in infrastructure layer attacks


16% decrease in application (Layer 7) attacks

31% increase in average attack duration


38% increase in multi-vector attacks
[Download the Q4 2014 Global DDoS Attack Report for
supporting data and analysis]

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= multi-vector campaigns compared to [Q 4 2013]

60
50

53.26
46.24

44.14

40
30
20
10
0
Q4 2013

Q3 2014

Q4 2014

Figure 1: While the number of multi-vector attacks has surged the past two quarters, the percentage of multivector campaigns has continued to hover around the 50 percent mark

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= peak bandwidth compared to [Q 4 2013]

16
14
12
10
8
6
4
2
0

13.93

6.41

4.21

Q4 2013

Q3 2014

Q4 2014

Figure 2: Average peak bandwidth has dropped since last quarter, but remains higher than it was a year ago

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= distribution of DDoS attack vectors

Figure 3: Infrastructure attacks remained popular in Q4, making up nearly 90 percent of all attack vectors

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= comparison of attack vectors since Q 4 [2013]


In late November 2014, a new attack vector, XMAS-DDoS with
Christmas tree packets, was observed for the first time.
/ This vector is featured in the Attack Spotlight of the Q4 2014 Security Report.

Compared to Q3, SSDP accounted for a significant 214 percent


increase in number of attacks
/ SSDP was a newly observed attack in Q3

/ In Q4 2014, Akamai mitigated a 106 Gpbs SSDP-only DDoS attack

NTP reflection increased by 181 percent compared to Q3, an indicator of


the larger number of DDoS attacks overall in Q4
/ DDoS-for-hire sites, a market with growing momentum, were a source for NTP
reflection attacks this quarter

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= targeted industries

Figure 4: The gaming industry bore the brunt of DDoS attacks in Q4, driven by a surge in attack activity at the end
of December

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= total attacks per week [Q 4 2014 vs Q 4 2013]

Figure 5: Weekly DDoS attacks surged in December 2014 compared to December 2013, fueled by attacks in the
gaming industry

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= Q 4 2014 global attack report


Download the Q4 2014 State of the Internet Security Report
The Q4 2014 report covers:
/ Analysis of DDoS attack trends
/ Breakdown of average Gbps/Mbps statistics
/ Year-over-year and quarter-by-quarter analysis
/ Types and frequency of application-layer attacks
/ Types and frequency of infrastructure attacks
/ Trends in attack frequency, size and sources
/ Where and when DDoSers launch attacks
/ Case study and analysis

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connectivity and cybersecurity trends as well as related metrics, including


Internet connection speeds, broadband adoption, mobile usage, outages,
and cyber-attacks and threats.
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