Regional DDoS Attack Trends
Across most regions, there was a decrease in attacks, as the global numbers suggest. However, one outlier was an increase of seven percent more attacks in APAC. The past three Threat Intelligence reports chronicle back-to-back declines in attacks for this region. One likely cause of the increase is the geopolitical tensions between China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan—all of which have historically used DDoS as a tool to disrupt activities.
In fact, in June 2019, BBC reported that China was responsible for a powerful DDoS attack that disrupted the Telegram instant messaging platform to curtail communications between protestors in Hong Kong. In December that same year, AT&T security researchers reported that China had resurrected the Great Canon DDoS attack tool to target websites in Hong Kong. Given the propensity for these types of attacks between APAC countries, it’s not surprising that cyberattacks have increased with escalated tensions.
Another key geographic point is a four percent increase in attacks against the “all other telecommunications” sector for the EMEA region during a time in which other telecommunications areas (wired and cloud) experienced decreases. VoIP providers, who experienced a significant increase in DDoS extortion attacks, fall into this category.