More than 23,000 botnet-assisted DDoS attacks were carried out by Cybercriminals in Q1 of this year on web resources located in 76 countries which is 15% up from the 66 countries affected n Q4 of 2014 says Kaspersky Lab’s latest stats.
According to the report servers in the USA, Canada, and China were made victim most frequently, the top 10 victims also included resources in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.
In Q1 of this year, the number of attack on a single web resource number went up to 21 and the most protracted attack was almost of six days, while in Q4 of last year the figure was 16.
In Q1 the information systems located in China, USA and Canada suffered most from DDoS attacks commanded by C&C servers predominantly located in the same countries. Kaspersky notes that “China and the USA’s leading positions in both rankings can be explained by the relatively cheap prices for web hosting in these countries, so most data centres are located there.”
Evgeny Vigovsky, Head of Kaspersky DDoS Protection, Kaspersky Lab said “A DDoS attack is often a cross-border effort; the customer is located in one country, the executor in another, the C&C servers are hosted in a third country, and the bots involved in the DDoS attack are scattered across the world. This often makes it more complicated to investigate attacks, take down botnets and catch those responsible. Although cybercriminals do not limit their DDoS toolkits to botnets alone, this is still a widespread and dangerous tool, and it demands preventive protection measures from potential targets, i.e. web resources.”
Kaspersky Lab has recommended to use dedicated security solutions to filter cybercriminals’, Kaspersky DDoS Protection integrates in-house technology such as DDoS Intelligence, and it improves protection against DDoS attacks.