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The first half of 2020 saw a significant uptick in the number of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks compared to the same period last year — a phenomenon that appears to be directly correlated to the global coronavirus pandemic. Neustar’s Security Operations Center (SOC) saw a 151 percent increase in DDoS activity in the period, including one of the largest and longest attacks that Neustar has ever mitigated – that attack came in at 1.17 terabits-per-second (Tbps), and lasted five days and 18 hours. “These figures are representative of the growing number, volume and intensity of network-type cyberattacks as organizations shifted to remote operations and workers’ reliance on the internet increased,” the company noted in its first-half status report, released on Wednesday. Click to register. DDoS attacks are getting bigger, with what Neustar said is a “noticeable spike” in volume: The number of attacks sized 100Gbps and above grew a whopping 275 percent. Emblematic of this is a 2.3Tbps attack targeting an Amazon Web Services client in February – the largest volumetric DDoS attack on record. And the aforementioned 1.17Tbps attack was 192 percent bigger than the largest attack the company mitigated during the first half of 2019. That said, the increase in the total number of attacks was felt across all size categories, with even attacks sized 5Gbps increasing by more than 200 percent. Overall, small attacks sized 5Gbps and below represented 70 percent of all attacks…

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