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Akamai: Hackers changing tactics, as number of DDoS attacks increase

Hackers adjusting their DDoS attack patterns to avoid detection, cause chaos

Michael Hatamoto | May 20, 2015 at 7:27 am CDT (0 mins, 42 secs time to read)

Cybersecurity experts are creating new methods to help companies fight back against distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, so hackers are shifting their efforts. To help avoid detection, DDoS attacks are using less bandwidth but increasing frequency and duration of their attacks.

Akamai: Hackers changing tactics, as number of DDoS attacks increase |

The first quarter of 2015 has been extremely busy, with a record number of DDoS attacks - double year-over-year when compared to Q1 2014 - and the type of users being targeted is changing. One-third of all DDoS attacks focused on gaming-related servers and services, with the Lizard Squad and other groups trying to get attention from the media.

Not surprisingly, China accounted for 23 percent of DDoS traffic during Q1, with Germany (17 percent), and the United States (12 percent) rounding out the top three.

Trying to combat DDoS attacks will remain a difficult effort, but companies have a better selection of options.

Last updated: Apr 6, 2020 at 08:43 pm CDT

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