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Persistent DDoS Attacks Evolve at Internet Scale

August 07, 2018 / Kacy Zurkus

Attackers are harnessing the power of the internet, leveraging the proliferation of devices in the ever-expanding internet of things (IoT) to launch terabit-per-second–scale distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks, according to NETSCOUT’s 2018 Threat Intelligence Report. DDoS attackers represent a wide range of actors with various motivations. While some are malware authors, others are opportunistic criminals taking advantage of affordable services for hire. “They are a busy group, constantly developing new technologies and enabling new services while utilizing known vulnerabilities, pre-existing botnets and well-understood attack techniques,” the report wrote. Additionally, DDoS attacks continue to grow in size, volume, frequency and targets with advanced persistent threat (APT) groups expanding beyond traditional areas. Attackers are using new DDoS attack vectors and methods, with 2018 giving way to the DDoS terabit attack era. Thus far, the largest DDoS ...