The DDoS-GUARD statistics shows that for the 1st quarter of 2017, the size of DDoS attacks increased significantly compared to the same period last year. The average size amounted to 4.6 Gbps, and the maximum reached 209 Gbps, which is by 16% more than in Q1 2016.

There is still a tendency towards increased size and complexity of attacks: significantly increased the proportion of attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in the TCP - they were more than 50% of the total. A part of the attacks was generated by compromised IoT devices. We can assume that the hackers decided to act in more sophisticated ways, because UDP-based attacks are easy to filter and they do not reach their goal. However, the DDoS-GUARD protection system easily copes with these threats.

Speaking of geographical part of the DDoS victims, among customers of DDoS-GUARD Russia is consistently ranked in the top three. 17% out of all targeted resources within Q1 2017 are belong to Russian businesses. China is in the lead, the United States took the second place. Most of the attacks are conducted towards online stores, gaming projects, and web hosting services.

The DDoS-GUARD experts predict further decrease in the percentage of easy-to-perform attacks. This is due to the fact that the use of trivial attacks makes no sense thanks to DDoS mitigation providers. Special attention must be given to improving security of IoT devices, as well as to removing vulnerabilities in outdated, but very common versions of Windows. Compromized IoT devices still pose a threat. Besides, hackers drew their attention to the vulnerabilities of outdated versions of Windows OS.

To read the full report on DDoS attacks occurred within Q1 2017,  follow the link.