Issue 12: DDoS Takes Center Stage on the Global Threat Landscape

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Key Findings

Key Finding 1


Global visibility unlocks the capability to perform in-depth analysis of custom DDoS attack tools in action, observe adversaries’ adoption of trusted hosting providers into their attack platform, and calculate the increase in per-node volumetric attack rates.  
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Key Finding 2


The diversification of DDoS attacks in 2023, ranging from politically driven hacktivism to targeted assaults on the gaming industry and critical DNS infrastructure, signals a complex and multifaceted DDoS attack landscape that requires an immediate and adaptive DDoS protection solution.  
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Key Finding 3


The escalation of complex DDoS attacks last year underscored the critical need for a multifaceted approach, combining early detection, robust network fortification, and innovative technologies to effectively neutralize the growing spectrum of cyberthreats and maintain uninterrupted digital operations. 
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The distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) threat landscape continues to be mired in geopolitical tension. DDoS hacktivism groups new and old are increasing activity across the globe. Attack methodologies such as carpet bombing and DNS water torture continue to rise in prevalence. A “sophistication gap” has been noted regarding the complexity of attacks, with some using custom tools and complex architectures and others using basic, often free services to launch attacks. Agile, targeted defenses are a necessity for enterprises and service providers of all shapes and sizes. The 12th issue of NETSCOUT’s global DDoS Threat Intelligence Report covers this, and much more, to help inform on the latest DDoS threats.