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PART I: Retrospective 2020: DDoS Was Back — Bigger and Badder Than Ever Before

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Never before has the risk of a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack been higher. In 2020, we saw record-breaking attacks, a DDoS extortion campaign impacting thousands of organizations globally, more emergency customer turnups, and more Akamai customers attacked than any year on record -- and we've been successfully fighting DDoS attacks ... Read More
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Cyberweek 2020 Attracted Both Online Shoppers and DDoS Attackers

As we close out 2020, it should come as no surprise that Cyberweek (the week of Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday) proved big for DDoS attacks. Threat actors were out in force during this key shopping season, and they shifted their sights toward disrupting digital commerce-related industries ... Read More
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Large, Complex DDoS Attacks on the Rise in 2020

While we've highlighted both record PPS and BPS attacks mitigated on the Akamai Prolexic Platform over the past few weeks, these attacks are part of a broader trend of increasingly large and complex DDoS activity ... Read More
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Largest Ever Recorded Packet Per Second-Based DDoS Attack Mitigated by Akamai

| | ddosattacks
On June 21, 2020, Akamai mitigated the largest packet per second (PPS) distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack ever recorded on the Akamai platform. The attack generated 809 million packets per second (Mpps), targeting a large European bank ... Read More
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Record 0-Second SLA PPS Mitigation

Record-High 312 Mpps Attack Mitigated in 0 Seconds On May 2, 2020, Akamai blocked a large PPS-focused attack against one of our financial services customers in 0 seconds, utilizing a proactive mitigation posture. This was one of the largest PPS ... Read More
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Akamai Prolexic – Mitigating Large Scale DDoS Attacks in 0 seconds

| | Cloud Security
Large scale multi-vector DDOS attack thwarted in 0 Seconds A recent large attack levied against one of our global online gaming customers highlights the value of Akamai Prolexic's 0 Second SLA. As attacks ramp up more quickly than ever before, ... Read More
Egyptian DDoS Campaign Observations

Egyptian DDoS Campaign Observations

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Between March 19 and March 25, 2019, there was a very large amount of DDoS traffic sourced from a specific Egyptian Autonomous System (ASN) directed at Akamai Prolexic customers. It's worth noting this is an ASN we rarely see in ... Read More
Do DDoS attacks originate from Cloud Service Providers?

Do DDoS attacks originate from Cloud Service Providers?

| | Cloud Security
In a word, yes. Cloud service providers (CSPs) continue to power a growing portion of the greater Internet. According to Cisco, by 2021, 73 percent of cloud workloads are going to be CSP based, which reflects a compound annual growth ... Read More