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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 312.9 Gbps, August 225.4 Gbps, September 259.6 Gbps, October 227.4 Gbps, November 261.7 Gbps, December 501.2 Gbps

Throughput Impact Percentage Change

July 61.8 Mpps, August 43.9 Mpps, September 46.6 Mpps, October 39.6 Mpps, November 79.5 Mpps, December 60.1 Mpps

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
cell phone icon Wireless Telecommunications Carriers
43,456 349.6 Gbps 29.9 Mpps 50.2 Minutes
Wired Telecommunications Resellers icon Wired Telecommunications Carriers
5,052 134.5 Gbps 11.3 Mpps 91.4 Minutes
laptop icon Electronic Computer Manufacturing
4,323 43.2 Gbps 6.8 Mpps 52.9 Minutes
shopping cart icon Electronic Shopping + Mail-Order Houses
4,138 8.2 Gbps 2.0 Mpps 79.1 Minutes
cloud icon with up arrow Data Processing, Hosting + Related Services
3,413 49.5 Gbps 8.1 Mpps 70.2 Minutes
Telecomm Tower icon Other Telecommunications
3,143 84.0 Gbps 7.1 Mpps 91.7 Minutes
radio icon Internet Publishing, Broadcasting + Web Search Portals
1,976 104.2 Gbps 8.9 Mpps 56.1 Minutes
Hands in Prayer Religious Org icon Religious Organizations
1,122 19.9 Gbps 19.6 Mpps 49.0 Minutes
safe icon Commerical Banking
812 5.5 Gbps 1.1 Mpps 71.5 Minutes
Sales Tag with Telephone icon Telecommunications Resellers
721 12.8 Gbps 2.6 Mpps 31.7 Minutes


Top Five Username + Password Combinations


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
/ws/v1/cluster/apps Hadoop YARN ResourceManager 45025
/GponForm/diag_Form Dasan GPON home routers -----
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