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Massive DDoS attacks reach record levels as botnets make them cheaper to launch
There were 19 distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks that exceeded 100 Gbps during the first three months of the year, almost four times more than in the previous quarter.
Even more concerning is that these mega attacks, which few companies can withstand on their own, were launched using so-called booter or stresser botnets that are common and cheap to rent. This means that more criminals can now afford to launch such crippling attacks.
“In the past, very few attacks generated with booter/stresser tools exceeded the 100 Gbps mark,” researchers from Akamai said in the company’s State of the Internet security report for the first quarter of 2016 that was released Tuesday.
By comparison, only five DDoS attacks over 100 Gbps were recorded during the fourth quarter of 2015 and eight in the third quarter. Nineteen such attacks in a single quarter is a new high, with the previous record, 17, set in the third quarter of 2014.
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