2021 was a busy year for perpetrators of DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks. With the global pandemic in full force and businesses more reliant on connectivity than ever, threat actors are using novel new protocols that are more difficult to defend against.
In the third quarter of 2021 alone, leading website security company and CloudMile partner Cloudflare observed and mitigated record-setting HTTP DDoS attacks, one of the largest botnets ever deployed (Meris), and more recently, ransom DDoS attacks on voice over IP service providers and their network infrastructure around the world. According to the company, DDoS attacks in industries such as Computer Software, Gaming/ Gambling, IT, and Internet companies increased by an average of 573% compared to the previous quarter.*
While the majority of these attacks are small and short, they are increasing in frequency and can be especially dangerous for legacy DDoS protection systems or organizations without active, always-on cloud-based protection.