DDoS Threat Intelligence Report: Issue 11

Complete Network Visibility Enables Total Network Control

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Key Findings

1 Internet Traffic Growth and Visibility Accelerating

Growth of more than 220Tbps in global internet traffic—the equivalent or more than 14 million 4K video streams of the Formula 1 Grand Prix—by the end of 2022 brought with it a steep increase in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks straight into 2023. This growth rate underscores the importance of constant innovation and investment into internetwide visibility, an investment to which NETSCOUT remains committed. 
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2 The Power of Persistence

A startling discovery revealed that more than 90 percent of the abused infrastructure remains persistent week after week, spelling good news for defenders and making tracking and mitigation more effective.  
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3 DDoS Attack Infrastructure Telemetry

Recent trends in adversary tactics rely more and more on bespoke infrastructure such as DDoS botnets, open proxy networks, and even The Onion Router (Tor) nodes to scan, probe, and launch DDoS attacks. This distinct infrastructure isn’t used globally, but rather case by case depending on the targets. 
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4 Adversary Discovery Lifecycle

Our visibility platform allows NETSCOUT’s ASERT experts to track adversary vector discovery, going so far as to identify the very first probes months before a new DDoS vector is weaponized. The lead time allows us to get ahead of the adversary and protect customers more effectively. 
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5 Carpet-Bombing and DNS Water Torture Attacks Increase Pace

DNS water-torture attacks continue to thrive, while carpet-bombing attacks continued the onslaught observed in the last quarter of 2022. These two methods combine to create havoc on service provider and enterprise networks around the world. 
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6 World Events Fuel DDoS Attack Campaigns

Geopolitical tension echoes into the digital world, with attacks against Sweden ramping up prior to Turkey’s agreement to ratify that country’s bid to join NATO. DDoS attacks against Sweden doubled throughout the month of May. Meanwhile, the strong push of 5G technology is creating ripple effects in the DDoS threat landscape.
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<p>Asia Pacific</p>

Regional Highlights

Asia Pacific

<p>Europe, Middle East, and Africa</p>

Regional Highlights

Europe, Middle East, and Africa

<p>Latin America</p>

Regional Highlights

Latin America

<p>North America</p>

Regional Highlights

North America

<p>Global<br /> Highlights</p>


<p>Country<br /> Analysis</p>


<p>DDoS Attack<br /> Vectors</p>

DDoS Attack

<p>DDoS-Capable<br /> Botnets</p>