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Regional DDoS Attacks

Regional statistics generally mirror the unprecedented nature of DDoS activity in 2020, with surging numbers of high-volume, short-duration attacks. Attackers widened their target profile beyond usual-suspect industries as the massive shift to online work and play opened up promising new avenues of attack. And as the world leaned even more heavily on pandemic-era mainstays such online streaming, ecommerce, cloud, and online learning, attackers naturally followed. For instance, Internet Publishing and Broadcasting, a sector inhabited by both Netflix and Zoom, appeared in each region’s top 10 list of most-attacked vertical industries.

We continued to see a fairly consistent growth in throughput as attackers pumped up the packets per second in an effort to overwhelm network resources and applications. North America was the sole outlier with a 67 percent decrease in throughput, which may be a result of more UDP-type attacks being launched compared with other types such as TCP-based attacks.

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Key Takeaways

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Attack frequency ballooned, with Latin America (LATAM) leading with a 50 percent growth rate. Indeed, LATAM showed disproportionate growth nearly across the board, likely reflecting significant political and ideologically motivated activity in the region.

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We continued to see a fairly consistent growth in throughput as attackers pumped up the packets per second in an effort to overwhelm network resources and applications. North America was the sole outlier with a 67 percent decrease in throughput, which may be a result of more UDP-type attacks being launched compared with other types such as TCP-based attacks.

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Attack duration dropped across every region as attackers launched short burst attacks that narrowed the time available for defenders to respond.

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The use of complex multivector attacks continued to rise, with almost every region recording a new high-water mark in terms of vectors used in a single attack.

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