DDoS attacks skyrocketed in volume and intensity in the first half of 2020 than the first half of 2019, according to new data from Neustar. Both large and small DDoS attacks showed increased sophistication and intensity in 2020 as Neustar’s Security Operations Center (SOC) saw a 151% increase in DDoS activity.
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Small DDoS attacks – 5 Gbps or less – grew by more than 200% year over year, while huge attacks (100 Gbps and above) showed a 275% growth. Overall, small attacks sized 5Gbps, and below represented 70% of all attacks mitigated by Neustar between January and June. The company reports that amplification attacks also grew in the first half, with one that measured 800 million packets-per-second.