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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 25.6 Mpps, August 28.5 Mpps, September 16.2 Mpps, October 17.9 Mpps, November 13.6 Mpps, December 34.0 Mpps

Throughput Impact Percentage Change

July 105.8 Gbps, August 50.0 Gbps, September 85.9 Gbps, October 110.9 Gbps, November 119.1 Gbps, December 145.7 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
41,566 101.2 Gbps 25.2 Mpps 20.5 Minutes
cloud icon with up arrow Data Processing, Hosting + Related Services
1,279 16.5 Gbps 3.2 Mpps 39.6 Minutes
Telecomm Tower icon Other Telecommunications
836 17.6 Gbps 6.8 Mpps 45.4 Minutes
Sales Tag with Telephone icon Telecommunications Resellers
426 0.9 Gbps 0.2 Mpps 43.7 Minutes
Document with PDF icon Software Publishers
143 0.5 Gbps 0.1 Mpps 30.1 Minutes
safe icon Commercial Banking
128 0.3 Gbps 0.02 Mpps 29.6 Minutes
Microscope icon Research + Development in Biotechnology
110 1.1 Gbps 0.2 Mpps 32.8 Minutes
radio icon Internet Publishing, Broadcasting + Web Search Portals
86 1.1 Gbps 0.1 Mpps 38.9 Minutes
woman at laptop icon Computer Training
69 1.7 Gbps 0.2 Mpps 33.1 Minutes
paintbrush on brick wall icon Gypsum Product Manufacturing
64 0.1 Gbps 0.1 Mpps 35.4 Minutes


Top Five Username + Password Combinations

root/xc3511 - 1435; guest/12345 - 1279; admin/admin - 1051; root/vizxv - 825; root/root - 664

Top Exploits

Exploit Name EDB-ID
/ctrlt/DeviceUpgrade_1 Huawei Router 45591
/setup.cgi Netgear Remote Code Execution 43055
/picsdesc.xml Realtex SDK — Miniigd UPnP SOAP 37169
/ws/v1/cluster/apps Hadoop YARN ResourceManager 45025
/GponForm/diag_Form Dasan GPON home routers -----
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