Q4 2017 State of the Internet / Security Report

Mirai continues to threaten; attacks continue to rise over the long term.
Just over a year old, the Mirai botnet and its variants continue to infect and compromise routers and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, with a spike in activity in Q4. Additionally, DDoS and web application attacks both saw year-over-year increases, rising 14% and 10% respectively. This quarter’s report also looks at the past year’s trends in the cyber security threat landscape and what they may portend for the year to come.

Q3 2017 State of the Internet / Security Report

Android-based botnets emerge as a threat.
Infecting as many as 150,000 devices within a matter of weeks, the Android-based WireX botnet demonstrated the worrisome potential for cyber attackers to compromise and leverage mobile devices in their exploits. At the same time, the multi-company effort that resulted in the successful takedown of the botnet while still in its relative infancy underscores the importance and efficacy of cross-organizational collaboration in combating such threats.

Q2 2017 State of the Internet / Security Report

The number of IP addresses producing DDoS traffic plummeted in Q2, dropping 98% quarter -over -quarter —– indicating that hundreds of thousands of DDoS sources were taken offline. A botnet strain reemerged that uses hundreds of nodes, rather than the tens of thousands seen with Internet of Things (IoT) botnets.

Q1 2017 State of the Internet / Security Report

There was a significant increase in traffic from reflection attacks – to 57% of all DDoS attacks in Q1. Attackers using reflection DDoS techniques make seemingly legitimate DNS, NTP and other requests of servers, causing them to send large amounts of traffic at the attacker’s true target.