The Q3 2015 report provides analysis and insight into the global cloud security threat landscape
Akamai mitigated a record 1,510 DDoS attacks, a 180% increase over Q3 a year ago; and 23% more than last quarter
The use of reflection-based DDoS methods by DDoS-for-hire sites resulted in smaller attacks on average than we have observed from infection-based botnets
Retail suffered the vast majority of web application attacks -- 55%; online gaming hit by the most DDoS attacks; media and entertainment faced more of the biggest DDoS attacks
"Akamai has been seeing greater numbers of denial of service attacks every quarter, and the upward trend continued in the most recent quarter. Although recent DDoS attacks were on average smaller and shorter, they still posed a significant cloud security risk," said John Summers, vice president, Cloud Security Business Unit, Akamai. "Attacks are being fueled by the easy availability of DDoS-for-hire sites that identify and abuse exposed Internet services, such as SSDP, NTP, DNS, CHARGEN, and even Quote of the Day."
Compared with Q3 2014
179.66% increase in total DDoS attacks
25.74% increase in application layer (Layer 7) DDoS attacks