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DDoS Strikers Replacing Old Botnet Methodology with Newer Techniques to Yield Stronger Assaults

Security Company Akamai Technologies just published its Q1-2014 (January-March 2014) report, highlighting how attackers are becoming less reliant on launching DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) assaults through the conventional method of using botnets and so replacing it with newer tactics for executing larger assaults.

The attackers are exploiting newly designed toolkits from illegal forums which help launch DDoS attacks in a much easier way that don't require plentiful technical knowledge alternatively necessitate compromising numerous PCs for building an army of zombie machines.

The newly designed kits manipulate Internet protocols that one can find on freely accessible else weak servers and computers.

Senior Vice-President Stuart Scholly at Akamai who's also General Manager of Security in the company stressed that the latest methodology could help con artists to avail the Internet like it were one botnet wholly prepared for use. Buyddos.com published this, April 18, 2014.

Besides, many other DDoS assaults are occurring. Indeed, there has been some 47% rise in DDoS assaults from the same quarter of 2013.

Further, Q1-2014 witnessed total DDoS assaults rise by 18%, mean attack bandwidth rise by 39%, mean peak bandwidth rise by 114%, while mean attack duration increase by 24%, in comparison with Q4-2013.

According to Mr. Summers, during the latest Q1-2014 period, the cyber-criminals managed to discover the method of exploiting vulnerabilities within existing protocols as well as their previous versions for converting the omnipresent Internet into means for assaults to serve personal gain. Scmagazine.com published this, April 18, 2014.

Summers added that it was highly needful that such Internet resources were denied whenever any party tried misusing it like for DDoS attacks.

Surprisingly, over 50% of DDoS assaults from the total in Q1-2014 targeted the Entertainment and Media group.

Computers, used for the assaults, from China, USA, Germany, Turkey and Thailand were behind nearly 3/4th of the entire assaults, with South Korea and Indonesia too ranking on the Top Ten.

Finally, the report notes that Asian countries were significantly present within the Top Ten nations providing the DDoS resources, while Mr. Summers noted that expanding economies along with a growing IT infrastructure, added with huge Internet-users, boosted DDoS campaigns.

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