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The Latest DDoS Trends: Learning from the Experts

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There’s no doubt about it – DDoS attacks are getting worse. That concise bit of bad news leaves a lot of blanks to be filled in, however: in what way are they getting worse? How is that happening? What types of attacks are being used? Who’s being targeted? The fine details of the bad DDoS news are right here thanks to the 2016 Q4 and 2017 Q1 Global DDoS Threat Landscape Reports from DDoS mitigation provider Incapsula.

First, the good news

According to Incapsula, there is one distributed denial of service attack stat that could be considered a positive: attacks are, on average, getting shorter. In the first quarter of 2017, 80 percent of all 17,000+ attacks mitigated by the company lasted less than one hour – a stat that carried over from all four quarters of 2016.

This is partially linked to another trend that has carried over from 2016, which is an overall increase in DDoS activity. Both of these trends are driven in part by activity coming from DDoS for hire services,...(continued)

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