DDoS protection service provider Prolexic Technologies released its Quarterly Global DDoS Attack Report last week. The report shows that financial service firms experienced almost three times as many DDoS attacks during Q1 2012 than they did in Q4 2011. Financial service clients also experienced a 3,000 percent increase in malicious packet traffic.
“This quarter was characterized by extremely high volumes of malicious traffic directed at our financial services clients,” said Neal Quinn, VP of Operations at Prolexic. “We expect other verticals beyond financial services, gaming and gambling to be on the receiving end of these massive attack volumes as the year progresses.”
Compared to Q1 2011, there has been a 25 percent increase in the number of DDoS attacks, a 25 percent increase in application layer attacks, a decline in UDP Floods, and an increase in GET Floods. In addition, the average attack duration declined to 28.5 hours from 34 hours.
Data for the Q1 2012 report has been gathered and analyzed by the Prolexic Security Engineering & Response Team, which monitors malicious cyber threats globally and analyzes DDoS attacks using proprietary techniques and equipment.
You can download a copy of the Prolexic Quarterly Attack Report for Q1 2012 on the Proelxic website.
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