Q3 2016 State of the Internet – Security Report

DDoS attacks reach new records using IoT botnets

The latest Akamai security report highlights a 138 percent YoY increase in total DDoS attacks greater than 100 Gbps, with two record DDoS attacks caused by the Mirai Botnet.

This comes as web application attacks decreased by 18 percent YoY, while 20 percent of all web application attacks in Q3 originated from the United States.

In the Akamai State of the Internet - Security Report, you'll get detailed cloud security insights about DDoS and web application attack trends observed across the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ for Q3 2016.

Download this quarter's report to see:

  • How the Mirai botnet uses the Internet of Things (IoT) for web application and DDoS attacks
  • How many DDoS attacks were mitigated by Akamai during the third quarter
  • Why NTP reflection attacks are apparently becoming a less viable option for attackers
  • The most common attack vectors in Q3, including UDP fragments and DNS reflection attacks

Quick Takeaways:

  • The largest DDoS attacks using the Mirai botnet reached 623 Gbps and 555 Gbps
  • Total DDoS attacks increased 71 percent over Q3 2015
  • 19 mega attacks peaked at more than 100 Gbps
  • Web application attacks in the US decreased by 67 percent from Q3 2015