White Papers & Reports

Q2 2017 Global DDoS Threat Landscape

Q2 2017 Global DDoS Threat Landscape

In Q2 2017, for the fifth time in a row, we saw a decrease in the number of network layer assaults and an increase in the frequency of repeat application layer attacks. Q2 2017 also saw the emergence of a new attack tactic, which we nicknamed “pulse wave DDoS” due to the traffic pattern it generates—a rapid succession of attack bursts that split a botnet’s attack output.

Understanding Pulse Wave DDoS Attacks

Understanding Pulse Wave DDoS Attacks

Comprised of a series of short-lived bursts occurring in clockwork-like succession, pulse wave assaults accounted for some of the most ferocious DDoS attacks Imperva Incapsula has ever mitigated. This paper explains the nature of these attacks, how they are used and which soft spots they look to exploit.

Q1 2017 Global DDoS Threat Landscape

Q1 2017 Global DDoS Threat Landscape

In Q1 2017, the number of network layer assaults decreased for the fourth quarter in a row, while the number of application layer attacks hit an all-time high. This quarter was notable, both for the spike in repeat assaults and the uptick in multi-vector attacks, which accounted for 40.5 percent of all network layer DDoS attacks.

Q4 2016 Global DDoS Threat Landscape

Q4 2016 Global DDoS Threat Landscape

Driven by the emergence of powerful IoT botnets and the declining cost of DDoS-for-hire services, DDoS attacks in Q4 2016 continued to escalate in size and persistence. This trend was highlighted by a massive 650Gbps network layer assault – the largest ever mitigated by our service. Discover the latest developments in network and application layer attacks as well as new hubs of botnet activity in this report.

Q3 2016 Global DDoS Threat Landscape

Q3 2016 Global DDoS Threat Landscape

In Q3 2016, application layer DDoS attacks reached record-breaking numbers across several metrics including size, number and frequency of attacks. The number of application layer assaults increased 22.6 percent over Q2, while a record-high 11.6 percent of websites were targeted more than 10 times. Attack data also highlighted the widespread use of botnet-for-hire services (aka booters and stressers). Learn more about the latest DDoS trends and botnet activity in this report.

Q2 2016 Global DDoS Threat Landscape

Q2 2016 Global DDoS Threat Landscape

DDoS attack data collected in Q2 2016 highlights the evolution of network layer attacks which continue to grow in size, quantity and sophistication. The number of network layer attacks increased by 11.34 percent over Q1, with the largest attack peaking at 470 Gbps. At the same time, multi-vector attacks accounted for a record-high 36.1 percent of all attacks. Get detailed insight into these and other attack trends in this report.

DDoS Threat Landscape Report 2015-2016

DDoS Threat Landscape Report 2015-2016

DDoS attacks are amongst the most common cyber threats facing large and small online organizations. Understanding the threat is essential for business owners and network and security ops charged with DDoS protection strategy. This report shares unique research data collected while mitigating thousands of DDoS assaults against Imperva Incapsula customers. Leveraging real-world data, this report profiles the current DDoS threat landscape and details our insights into the latest attack trends.

Q1 2016 Global DDoS Threat Landscape

Q1 2016 Global DDoS Threat Landscape

Savvy DDoS attackers contq1-2016-ddos-report.mdinue to experiment with elaborate tools and attack methods. Q1 data shows that about 37% of application layer bots passed standard security challenges, while more than a third of network layer attacks used multiple vectors. The largest attacks exceeded 200 Gbps and 120+ million packets per second. Discover the latest DDoS trends and new hubs of botnet activity in this report.