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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 13.6 Mpps, August 43.5 Mpps, September 35.2 Mpps, October 31.1 Mpps, November 73.8 Mpps, December 45.4 Mpps

Throughput Impact Percentage Change

July 36.6 Gbps, August 64.5 Gbps, September 48.9 Gbps, October 106.9 Gbps, November 108.3 Gbps, December 107.1 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
4,507 31.3 Gbps 3.1 Mpps 342.6 Minutes
cell phone icon Wireless Telecommunications Carriers
2,996 93.8 Gbps 7.9 Mpps 41.7 Minutes
Telecomm Tower icon Other Telecommunications
212 0.4 Gbps 0.2 Mpps 22.8 Minutes
cloud icon with up arrow Data Processing, Hosting + Related Services
121 6.1 Gbps 2.1 Mpps 21.6 Minutes
Hands in Prayer Religious Org icon Religious Organizations
36 0.5 Gbps 0.04 Mpps 62.0 Minutes
monitor with play button icon Cable + Other Subscription Programming
31 0.2 Gbps 0.4 Mpps 53.3 Minutes
tooth icon Offices of Dentists
31 0.6 Gbps 0.05 Mpps 54.1 Minutes
Laptop, tablet, and mobile phone icon Electronics Stores
21 0.1 Gbps 0.01 Mpps 15.6 Minutes
Sales Tag with Telephone icon Telecommunications Resellers
15 0.4 Gbps 0.03 Mpps 50.4 Minutes
Satellite Communications icon Satellite Telecommunications
11 0.6 Gbps 0.05 Mpps 32.6 Minutes


Top Five Username + Password Combinations

root/xc3511 - 931; admin/admin - 838; root/vizxv - 770; guest/12345 - 660; root/root - 552

Top Exploits

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