DDoS Attacks Skyrocket as Pandemic Bites

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.

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DDoS Attacks Skyrocket as Pandemic Bites

DDoS Attacks Skyrocket as Pandemic Bites

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.

#web security #coronavirus #covid-19 #cyberattacks #ddos #denial of service #healthcare #internet usage #neustar #pandemic #trend report #volumetric attacks #work from home

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DDoS Attacks Cresting Amid Pandemic

The number of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks spiked in the second quarter of 2020, researchers said.

According to the latest Kaspersky quarterly DDoS attacks report, DDoS events were three times more frequent in comparison to the second quarter last year (up 217 percent), and were up 30 percent from the number of DDoS attacks observed in the first quarter of 2020.

The typical annual trend for DDoS is for attacks to spike at the beginning of the year, during the peak season for businesses; while they tend to fall off in late spring and summer. Kaspersky researchers pointed out that the number of attacks in Q2 2019 fell by 39 percent compared to Q1 2019; with a similar trend seen in 2018.

What’s different this year is the obvious: The coronavirus pandemic. Simply put, more people than usual are online for both personal and work-related activities, making for an attractive target for cybercrime of all stripes – and DDoS is no exception.

“Kaspersky experts believe the rise in malicious activity can be attributed to the impact of COVID-19, as both cybercriminals and their targets have had to reconsider their summer plans,” the firm said, in research released on Monday. “The pandemic and subsequent social-distancing restrictions have significantly changed people’s lives and many are either spending their days off in ‘staycation’ mode or have cancelled their scheduled holidays. This change in summer plans has had unexpected consequences, like an increased number of DDoS attacks.”

The average number of attacks per day also increased; the biggest number of attacks per day was almost 300 this quarter (April 9); while in the first quarter, the record was 242 attacks.

Educational and government institutions were targeted the most frequently in the second quarter; however, that said, education-sector attacks decreased sharply starting in the second half of June, which could be attributed to the start of the summer break.

The top three most-attacked geographies were mainland China (65.12 percent), the United States (20.28 percent) and Hong Kong (6.08 percent). Romania dropped out of the top 10 compared to the first quarter, and was ranked the 17th, whereas Great Britain rose from the 18th to the 10th position.

These top three also topped the charts in terms of both the number of targets and the number of attacks: Mainland China came in at 66.02 percent; the United States accounted for 19.32 percent; and Hong Kong (6.34 percent).

Among the other interesting data points, the firm saw that DDoS botnet activity increased on Wednesdays and Thursdays and decreased on Saturdays. And most attacks only lasted about 20 minutes. The longest attacks lasted a few days (215, 214 and 210 hours were the top), which is more than half the number of the first quarter’s longest-lasting attacks (about 19 days).

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DDoS attacks have evolved, and so should your DDoS protection

The proliferation of DDoS attacks of varying size, duration, and persistence has made DDoS protection a foundational part of every business and organization’s online presence. However, there are key considerations including network capacity, management capabilities, global distribution, alerting, reporting and support that security and risk management technical professionals need to evaluate when selecting a DDoS protection solution.

Gartner’s view of the DDoS solutions; How did Cloudflare fare?

Gartner recently published the report Solution Comparison for DDoS Cloud Scrubbing Centers (ID G00467346), authored by Thomas Lintemuth, Patrick Hevesi and Sushil Aryal. This report enables customers to view a side-by-side solution comparison of different DDoS cloud scrubbing centers measured against common assessment criteria. If you have a Gartner subscription, you can view the report here. Cloudflare has received the greatest number of ‘High’ ratings as compared to the 6 other DDoS vendors across 23 assessment criteria in the report.

The vast landscape of DDoS attacks

From our perspective, the nature of DDoS attacks has transformed, as the economics and ease of launching a DDoS attack has changed dramatically. With a rise in cost-effective capabilities of launching a DDoS attack, we have observed a rise in the number of under 10 Gbps DDoS network-level attacks, as shown in the figure below. Even though 10 Gbps from an attack size perspective does not seem that large, it is large enough to significantly affect a majority of the websites existing today.

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Experts Weigh in on E-Commerce Security Amid Snowballing Threats

The raging pandemic has forced many retailers to re-imagine their businesses, shifting from in-person to contactless interactions through online sales. This new socially distanced reality is colliding with the crush of an upcoming holiday shopping season, creating an unprecedented opportunity for cybercriminals to capitalize.

Magecart is just one of the more potent types of attacks to emerge in recent months. Over one September weekend alone, the group’s card-skimmer malware was launched against 2,000 online retailers, compromising more than 10,000 shoppers.

But experts are warning retailers not to focus only on one threat or on protecting one particular system. Increasingly, attacks are attempting to infiltrate systems from multiple entry points simultaneously, supercharged by bots and automation, and lured by flocks of unsuspecting newbie online shoppers.

In fact, new customer accounts make up 30 percent of current transactions, which is five times higher than pre-COVID, according to Forter’s recent fraud attack index.

With threat levels at historic highs, Threatpost gathered a panel of experts on retail e-commerce security to help sort through the rising threats – and how retailers can defend themselves, their reputations and their customer’s data.

Their prescription isn’t simple. Each suggested a wholistic approach which starts with the basics: Patching, encouraging strong passwords and strong, fundamental Web Application Firewall (WAF) protection.

Besides that, retailers need to understand their own operations first and foremost, gaining a transparent view into them and getting a firm handle on what “normal” looks like for each organization. It’s that critical baseline that will often trigger the first alert the site is under attack.

Industry-leading experts Robert Capps, NuData’s vice president of marketplace innovation; Allan Liska, intelligence analyst for Recorded Future; and Matt Wilson who leads product management for network and application security at Neustar all joined a live Threatpost Webinar event on Oct. 14 titled, “Retail Security: Magecart and the Rise of e-Commerce Threats.”

They offered an up-to-the-minute look at the retail threat landscape, including the application network layer and the evolving role of automation and bots (which are increasingly able to mimic human behavior to evade detection).

Other topics included loyalty programs, fraudsters who buy online and pick up merchandise in the store, the ways cybercriminals can turn an easy buck on unsuspecting retailers is always evolving and more.

Check out our experts’ critical insights on how to keep ahead in our video replay, below, followed by a lightly edited transcript of the event.

Also please check out Threatpost’s collection of previous and upcoming webinar events, available here.

Transcript

Becky Bracken: Hello, everybody, and welcome to Threatpost’s Live webinar titled, Retail Security and the Rise of E-commerce. I’m Becky Bracken and I will be your host for today’s presentation.

Today, we’ve gathered a world-class panel of security experts who will discuss threats online to retailers, and we’re thrilled to have them join us.

The pandemic, as we all know, is created a bit of a perfect storm for retails security breaches, of all kinds.

It’s drastically accelerated the shift from shopping in a store to making even the most mundane purchases online. And I think pretty much once we were all on eBay, bidding on rolls of toilet paper, all sense flew out the window of us not being able to buy everyday stuff online.

In fact, new customer accounts make up 30 percent of current transactions online, which is five times higher than it was before the pandemic, according to Fortes recent fraud attack index.

Retailers have also had to cobble together entirely new chains of business, moving away from in-person to contactless transactions like delivery. And there are new models of buy online, pick up in store. But because they’re new, they’re pretty plum pickings for clever criminals trying to find their next hustle.

And now we’re headed into the holiday shopping season, which will add an entirely new level of chaos.

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