Q1 2017 DDoS Trends Report: 26 Percent Increase in Average Peak Attack Size

Q1 2017 DDoS Trends Report
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Verisign just released its Q1 2017 DDoS Trends Report, which represents a unique view into the attack trends unfolding online, through observations and insights derived from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack mitigations enacted on behalf of Verisign DDoS Protection Services.

Verisign saw a 23 percent decrease in the number of attacks in Q1 2017; however, the average peak attack size increased 26 percent compared to the previous quarter. Overall, average peak attack sizes have been noticeably larger since Q1 2016, with peak sizes over 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps).

The largest volumetric and highest intensity DDoS attack observed by Verisign in Q1 2017 was a multi-vector attack that peaked over 120 Gbps and around 90 Million packets per second (Mpps). This attack sent a flood of traffic to the targeted network in excess of 60 Gbps for more than 15 hours. The attack was notable because the attackers were persistent, sending attack traffic on a daily basis for over two weeks. The attack consisted primarily of TCP SYN and TCP RST floods of varying packet sizes and employed one of the signatures associated with the Mirai IoT botnet. The event also included UDP floods and IP fragments which increased the volume of the attack.

Key DDoS attack trends and observations

  • Fifty-seven percent of the DDoS attacks mitigated by Verisign in Q1 2017 employed multiple attack types.

57% of DDoS attacks in Q1 2017 used multiple attack types

  • Forty-six percent of DDoS attacks were UDP Floods.
  • TCP-based attacks were the second most common attack vector, making up 33 percent of attack types in the quarter.
  • The IT/Cloud/SaaS industry, representing 58 percent of mitigation activity, was the most frequently targeted industry for the tenth consecutive quarter. The Financial Sector industry experienced the second highest number of DDoS attacks, representing 28 percent of mitigation activity. This is a large increase from the 7 percent mitigation during the prior quarter.

IT Services Companies were targeted by DDoS attacks 58% times in Q1 2017

 

For more DDoS Trends in Q1 2017, download the full report, and be sure to check back in a few months when we release our Q2 2017 DDoS Trends Report.

Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com and .Net Registrations in April

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trending keywords reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series identifying the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month.

APRIL 2017 TRENDING KEYWORDS

Here are the top 10 trending keywords registered in April 2017. Any surprises?

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With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trends reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series identifying the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month.

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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com and .Net Registrations in February

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trends reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series identifying the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month.

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2016 Year in Review: The Trending Keywords in .Com and .Net Domain Registrations

2016 was a year characterized by historic elections, political initiatives, technological advancements and entertainment milestones. In the past, Verisign has identified how keyword trends from popular culture and newsworthy events are reflected in .com and .net domain registrations. 2016 was no exception.

Top 10 Keywords in 2016

Here is the list of the top 10 keywords in .com and .net domain name registrations for 2016.

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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com and .Net Registrations in January

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trends reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series identifying the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month.

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Q4 2016 DDoS Trends Report: 167 Percent Increase in Average Peak Attack Size from 2015 to 2016

Q4 2016 DDoS Trends Report
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Verisign just released its Q4 2016 DDoS Trends Report, which represents a unique view into the attack trends unfolding online, through observations and insights derived from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack mitigations enacted on behalf of Verisign DDoS Protection Services and security research conducted by Verisign iDefense Intelligence Services.

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Top 10 Trending Keywords in .Com & .Net Registrations in December

With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trends reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series identifying the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month.

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With more than 300 million domain names registered globally, there are numerous examples of trends reflected by domain name registrations. We have shown in the past that there is a correlation between domain name registrations and newsworthy and popular events, as well as anticipated trends.

Keeping in the spirit of the zeitgeist that .com and .net domain name registration trends can represent, Verisign publishes this monthly blog post series that identifies the top 10 trending .com and .net keywords registered in English during the preceding month.

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Q3 2016 DDoS Trends Report: UDP Flood Attacks Make Up 49 Percent of Attacks

Verisign just released its Q3 2016 DDoS Trends Report, which provides a unique view into online distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack trends from mitigations enacted on behalf of Verisign DDoS Protection Services and research conducted by Verisign iDefense Security Intelligence Services.

User Datagram Protocol (UDP) flood attacks continue to dominate in Q3 2016, making up 49 percent of the total attacks in the quarter. The most common UDP flood attacks mitigated were Domain Name System (DNS) reflection attacks, followed by Network Time Protocol (NTP) reflection attacks.

The highest intensity flood attack in Q3 2016 was a TCP SYN flood that peaked at approximately 60 Gigabits per second (Gbps) and 150 Million packets per second (Mpps). This flood attack is one of the highest packets per second attacks ever observed by Verisign, surpassing the previous flood of 125 Mpps mitigated by Verisign in Q4 2015.

The largest attack in Q3 2016 utilized the Generic Routing Encapsulation (GRE) protocol (IP protocol 47) and peaked at 250+ Gbps and 50+ Mpps. This is the first time Verisign observed this type of attack against our customer base.

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