Attacks/Breaches

8/31/2016
04:30 PM
Connect Directly
Twitter
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

2016 DDoS Attack Trends By The Numbers

Some highlights from recent reports on DDoS attack activity.
Previous
1 of 9
Next

Image Source: Adobe Stock

Image Source: Adobe Stock

As inevitable as death and taxes, distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against the enterprise continue as strong as ever. According to all of the latest data, 2016 has seen DDoS attacks intensify in frequency and size, particularly as attackers are increasingly using DNS and DNSSEC to amplify attacks for greater impact against their victims using fewer botnet resources.

 

Ericka Chickowski specializes in coverage of information technology and business innovation. She has focused on information security for the better part of a decade and regularly writes about the security industry as a contributor to Dark Reading.  View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 9
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
RyanSepe
0%
100%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
8/31/2016 | 9:42:41 PM
DDoS attacks are increasingly coming at the hands of Linux botnets
Could this be attributed to the less defined OS structure of Linux in comparison to Windows? Dabbling in Linux, my experience has been that the terminal is a very powerful tool and could be leveraged to perform nearly any function that I could think of.
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
8/31/2016 | 9:38:35 PM
Application layer DDoS attacks still make up 60% of DDoS attacks today but they're increasingly being displaced by network layer attacks
I would still venture to say that aside from DoS utilizing DNS, the application layer attacks will likely be most effective due to their stealthy and slow nature. The network based can be mitigated at the ISP level or through scrubbing centers but I see many app layer DoS slipping through these mitigations.
RyanSepe
50%
50%
RyanSepe,
User Rank: Ninja
8/31/2016 | 9:33:47 PM
83% increase of DDoS attacks
With the simplicity at which DDoS attacks can be executed I anticipate that there will be an increase to which this attack is utilized. Also, reflective dns is a very powerful method of ddos. The anonymity and amplification that can be performed during the query makes it perfect for DoS.
13 Russians Indicted for Massive Operation to Sway US Election
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark Reading,  2/16/2018
From DevOps to DevSecOps: Structuring Communication for Better Security
Robert Hawk, Privacy & Security Lead at xMatters,  2/15/2018
Windows 10 Critical Vulnerability Reports Grew 64% in 2017
Kelly Sheridan, Associate Editor, Dark Reading,  2/14/2018
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Write a Caption, Win a Starbucks Card! Click Here
Latest Comment: This comment is waiting for review by our moderators.
Current Issue
How to Cope with the IT Security Skills Shortage
Most enterprises don't have all the in-house skills they need to meet the rising threat from online attackers. Here are some tips on ways to beat the shortage.
Flash Poll
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
[Strategic Security Report] Navigating the Threat Intelligence Maze
Most enterprises are using threat intel services, but many are still figuring out how to use the data they're collecting. In this Dark Reading survey we give you a look at what they're doing today - and where they hope to go.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2017-0290
Published: 2017-05-09
NScript in mpengine in Microsoft Malware Protection Engine with Engine Version before 1.1.13704.0, as used in Windows Defender and other products, allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code or cause a denial of service (type confusion and application crash) via crafted JavaScript code within ...

CVE-2016-10369
Published: 2017-05-08
unixsocket.c in lxterminal through 0.3.0 insecurely uses /tmp for a socket file, allowing a local user to cause a denial of service (preventing terminal launch), or possibly have other impact (bypassing terminal access control).

CVE-2016-8202
Published: 2017-05-08
A privilege escalation vulnerability in Brocade Fibre Channel SAN products running Brocade Fabric OS (FOS) releases earlier than v7.4.1d and v8.0.1b could allow an authenticated attacker to elevate the privileges of user accounts accessing the system via command line interface. With affected version...

CVE-2016-8209
Published: 2017-05-08
Improper checks for unusual or exceptional conditions in Brocade NetIron 05.8.00 and later releases up to and including 06.1.00, when the Management Module is continuously scanned on port 22, may allow attackers to cause a denial of service (crash and reload) of the management module.

CVE-2017-0890
Published: 2017-05-08
Nextcloud Server before 11.0.3 is vulnerable to an inadequate escaping leading to a XSS vulnerability in the search module. To be exploitable a user has to write or paste malicious content into the search dialogue.