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DDOS attacks in Q1 2017

Although the first quarter of 2017 was rather quiet compared to the previous reporting period, there were a few interesting developments. Despite the growing popularity of IoT botnets, Windows-based bots accounted for 59.81% of all attacks. Meanwhile, complex attacks that can only be repelled with sophisticated protection mechanisms are becoming more frequent.

The cost of launching a DDoS attack

Almost anyone can fall victim to a DDoS attack. They are relatively cheap and easy to organize, and can be highly effective if reliable protection is not in place. Based on analysis of the data obtained from open sources, we managed to find out the current cost of a DDoS attack on the black market. We also established what exactly the cybercriminals behind DDoS attacks offer their customers.

DDoS attacks in Q4 2016

2016 was the year of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) with major disruptions in terms of technology, attack scale and impact on our daily life. In fact, the year ended with massive DDoS attacks unseen before, leveraging Mirai botnet technology.

Is Mirai Really as Black as It’s Being Painted?

The Mirai botnet, which is made up of IoT devices and which was involved in DDoS attacks whose scale broke all possible records, causing denial of service across an entire region, has been extensively covered by the mass media. Given that the botnet’s source code has been made publicly available and that the Internet of Things trend is on the rise, no decline in IoT botnet activity should be expected in the near future.

DDoS attack on the Russian banks: what the traffic data showed

From November 8 to 12, websites of some of the largest Russian banks fell victim to heavy DDoS attacks. Initially, it was no indication of anything unusual – all well-known banks get attacked from time to time – but further developments have evolved in the manner that allowed us to suggest a high level of organization in regards to the series of attacks.

Kaspersky DDOS intelligence report for Q3 2016

Interesting trend this quarter was the increased activity of DDoS botnets in Western Europe. For the first time in a year the TOP 10 most attacked countries included three Western European countries – Italy, France and Germany.

Kaspersky DDoS Intelligence Report for Q2 2016

In Q2 2016, the geography of DDoS attacks narrowed to 70 countries, with China accounting for 77.4% of attacks. In fact, 97.3% of the targeted resources were located in just 10 countries. The longest DDoS attack in the second quarter of 2016 lasted for 291 hours, which significantly exceeded the Q1 maximum of 197 hours.

Kaspersky DDoS Intelligence Report for Q1 2016

In Q1, resources in 74 countries were targeted by DDoS attacks. China, the US and South Korea remained the leaders in terms of number of DDoS attacks and number of targets. The longest DDoS attack in Q1 2016 lasted for 197 hours (or 8.2 days).

Kaspersky DDoS Intelligence Report for Q4 2015

In Q4 2015, resources in 69 countries were targeted by DDoS attacks. The largest numbers of DDoS attacks targeted victims in China, the US and South Korea. The longest DDoS attack in Q4 2015 lasted for 371 hours.

BlackEnergy APT Attacks in Ukraine employ spearphishing with Word documents

Few days ago, we came by a new document that appears to be part of the ongoing attacks BlackEnergy against Ukraine. Unlike previous Office files used in the recent attacks, this is not an Excel workbook, but a Microsoft Word document.

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