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More sophisticated DDoS attacks now avoid detection by mitigation technology: Akamai Technologies

Ike Suarez | July 25, 2014
Attacks pose possible danger to organizations

More sophisticated and carefully planned distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks now involve rising instances of the use of server side botnets, their signatures seemingly developed to avoid detection by DDoS mitigation technology.

This was according to a press statement by Akamai Technologies as it announced release of the Prolexic Q2 2014 Global DDoS Attack Report.

The press statement warned that such sophisticated attacks are likely to continue in the future and may be monetized in underground DDoS markets.

These attacks therefore pose a potentially significant danger to businesses, governments and other organizations.

Akamai Technologies is based in Cambridge, Massachusets and is a provider of cloud services for the delivery of online content and business applications.

Last February, it acquired for US $ 370 million Prolexic Technologies, provider of security solutions against DDoS attacks.

The Prolexic Q2 2014 Global DDoS Attack Report compared the incidences and volumes of DDoS attacks in Q1 2014 as against DDoS attacks in Q2 2013.

Some other highlights of the report were the following:

  • 22 % increase in total DDoS attacks
  • 72 5 increase in average attack bandwidth
  • 46 % increase in infrastructure (layers 3 and 4) attacks
  • 54 % increase in average attack duration: 38 vs. 17 hours
  • 241% increase in average peak bandwidth



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