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Key Metrics from the 2H 2020 NETSCOUT Threat Intelligence Report

As the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a massive shift in internet usage, cybercriminals quickly pounced, launching more than 10 million DDoS attacks aimed at crippling the very online services essential to remote work and online life. Vital pandemic industries such as ecommerce, streaming services, online learning, and healthcare all experienced increased attention from malicious actors, including those behind the Lazarus Bear Armada campaign of DDoS extortion attacks that hit thousands of companies worldwide. As the COVID-19 pandemic extends into 2021, we can logically expect to see threat actors targeting vulnerabilities exposed by the global crisis as well as discovering and using new attack vectors that poke at the weak spots of our new normal.

Impact Analysis

This was a record-breaking year for DDoS attacks—and that has to have an impact on global infrastructure, since DDoS attackers don’t pay for transit costs. Instead, that cost is generally passed down to everyone who uses the internet. So we continued to dig into the details of how much traffic on the global internet is due solely to DDoS attacks by calculating the DDoS Attack Coefficient (DAC). This measurement illustrates the continual presence of DDoS traffic across all regions. In essence, it shows the “DDoS tax” that we all end up paying.

Bandwidth Impact Percentage Change

July 69.9 Mpps, August 13.9 Mpps, September 19.2 Mpps, October 53.9 Mpps, November 22.2 Mpps, December 9.6 Mpps

Throughput Impact Percentage Change

July 45.4 Gbps, August 58.6 Gbps, September 170.5 Gbps, October 82.4 Gbps, November 69.1 Gbps, December 42.9 Gbps

Top Ten Vertical Industries Under Attack

The following industry chart shows the most targeted sectors in 2020 by number of attacks.

Rank Vertical Frequency Max Attack Max Impact Average Duration
Wired Telecommunications Resellers icon Wired Telecommunications Carriers
5,972 103.4 Gbps 19.7 Mpps 35.9 Minutes
radio icon Internet Publishing, Broadcasting + Web Search Portals
2,452 91.9 Gbps 19.6 Mpps 58.5 Minutes
Telecomm Tower icon Other Telecommunications
365 51.5 Gbps 19.3 Mpps 66.6 Minutes
Tire icon Tire Dealers
212 26.9 Gbps 5.5 Mpps 39.1 Minutes
cloud icon with up arrow Data Processing, Hosting + Related Services
192 19.2 Gbps 2.5 Mpps 40.8 Minutes
laptop icon Electronic Computer Manufacturing
100 4.2 Gbps 1.1 Mpps 37.2 Minutes
woman at laptop icon Computer Training
74 2.0 Gbps 0.3 Mpps 66.7 Minutes
support person icon Support Services
40 8.4 Gbps 1.0 Mpps 34.8 Minutes
cell phone icon Wireless Telecommunications Carriers
10 0.02 Gbps 0.02 Mpps 13.6 Minutes
Sales Tag with Telephone icon Telecommunications Resellers
2 1.6 Gbps 0.4 Mpps 93.9 Minutes


Top Five Username + Password Combinations

guest/12345 - 7889; admin/admin - 7465; root/vizxv - 6284; root/xc3511 - 6273; root/root - 4555

Top Exploits

Exploit Name EDB-ID
/ctrlt/DeviceUpgrade_1 Huawei Router 45991
/picsdesc.xml Realtex SDK — Miniigd UPnP SOAP 37169
/setup.cgi Netgear Remote Code Execution 43055
/GponForm/diag_Form Dasan GPON home routers -----
/ws/v1/cluster/apps Hadoop YARN ResourceManager 45025
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