Distributed denial of service attacks are growing ever bigger. Here's what's causing them.
Last fall, we saw the biggest distibuted denial of service (DDoS) attack ever. This year we'll see even bigger ones. According to Akamai's latest State of the Internet Security report, here's what's behind them.

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Behind today's DDoS attacks you'll find botnets and they're using the same old techniques hackers have always used to bring down your servers.


First, you should know that while the total DDoS attacks only increased by 4 percent from Q4 2015 to Q4 2016, there was a 140 percent increase in attacks greater than 100 gigabits per second (Gbps). In short, we're not seeing that many more DDoS assaults, but they are getting much worse.

Of the most recent mega 100Gbps attacks in the last quarter, most of them were directly attributed to the Mirai botnet. The Mirai botnet works by exploiting the weak security on many Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The program finds its victims by constantly scanning the internet for IoT devices, which use factory default or hard coded usernames and passwords...

Read more: Today's leading causes of DDoS attacks | ZDNet