Kaspersky Lab sees fall in number of DDoS attacks

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The first quarter of 2017 was marked by a traditional for the beginning of the year decline in the number of DDoS attacks, follows from the report of Kaspersky Lab.

Compared with the same period of last year, the number and complexity of attacks continues to grow, according to the report. The Kaspersky DDoS Intelligence system recorded DDoS attacks against resources in 72 countries, which is eight less than in the fourth quarter of 2016.

South Korea remained the leader in terms of the number of detected C&C servers. The U.S. came second in this respect, followed by the Netherlands, which dislodged China from the top three for the first time since monitoring began. The latter dropped from second to seventh place. Japan, Ukraine and Bulgaria all left the top 10 ranking of countries with the highest number of C&C servers. They were replaced by Hong Kong, Romania and Germany.

In general, the first quarter was relatively quiet: the largest number of attacks (994) was observed on 18 February. The longest DDoS attack in Q1 2017 only lasted 120 hours, which is significantly lower than the previous quarter’s maximum of 292 hours.

"The beginning of the year has traditionally been characterized by a noticeable decline in the number of DDoS attacks - the trend has continued now for five years. This may be due to the fact that attackers or their customers are taking a vacation. But despite the predictable decline, from January to March there were more DDoS attacks than in the first quarter of 2016, which confirms the increase in their number. So we should not relax, it's better to take care of protection before cybercriminals get back into working rhythm,” commented Alexey Kisilev, Kaspersky DDoS Prevention Manager in Russia.