DDoS attacks are dropping in Europe.
The DDoS attack landscape in Europe is constant flux.
But, what is clear is that Friday night is DDoS night, especially between 9pm and 10pm — this was the most common time for attacks in Q1 2019, according to cloud anti-DDoS vendor Link11. This seems to be timed to hit companies when the lowest number of IT staff are available.
The fewest attacks started between 8am and 9am on working weekdays.Advertisement
DDoS attacks in Europe declining
The data revealed that in Q1 the number of DDoS attacks in Europe declined by nearly 20% compared with Q4 2018, to 11,177 from 13,910.
The average DDoS attack volume also shrank by 24% to 3.8Gbps (from 5Gbps in Q4 2018), but the number of hyper-scale attacks of over 80Gbps doubled compared with the previous quarter.
Attack durations are also getting longer, with the average attack duration in March lasting 13 minutes, compared with just 8 minutes in January 2019.
The longest attack lasted 718 minutes.Advertisement
Marc Wilczek, Link11 managing director said: “The DDoS landscape is constantly evolving, and this latest data shows how important it is to secure business processes and digital infrastructures against DDoS attacks. Perpetrators are targeting all levels of corporate IT, which makes it all the more important to proactively identify potential DDoS vulnerabilities. Signature-based attack detection is no longer sufficient in view of dynamic threat situations. The proactive use of artificial intelligence and machine learning, which recognise the differentiated behaviour strategies of attackers, is a must.”