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Telcos, CSPs will need to take advanced precautions against 'bit and piece' DDoS attacks.

M2 EQUITYBITES-June 28, 2019-Telcos, CSPs will need to take advanced precautions against 'bit and piece' DDoS attacks


DDoS attacks "for hire" made a comeback in the beginning of the year, with booter-originated attacks rebounding to more than double their amounts in Q4 2018, according to Nexusguard's "Q1 2019 Threat Report", the company said.

Despite the earlier FBI crackdown, the DNS amplification types of DDoS attacks continued to be a favorite of DDoS-for-hire websites, soaring more than 40 times their volume compared to last quarter. The resurgence of DDoS-as-a-service and the growing botnets reinforce the evolving cyber threat of DDoS attacks for enterprises and communications service providers (CSPs).

The quarterly report, which measures thousands of DDoS attacks around the world, revealed DNS amplification attacks were also the most frequently employed against CSPs and telcos in Brazil this quarter.

One of the largest banks in South America bore the brunt of these Brazilian DNS amplification attacks--more than 17% of all attacks. "Bit and piece" types of attacks, or DDoS attacks that were smaller than one Gbps in size, continued to cause issues in the beginning of 2019 by becoming more automated and targeted, bypassing detection.

Nexusguard researchers warn that CSPs will need to approach these evolved attacks with scalable, cloud-based DDoS detection and mitigation in order to reduce potential damages. CSPs that fall victim to bit-and-piece attacks and unknowingly pass on malicious traffic will risk undermining customer confidence.

Founded in 2008, Nexusguard is a cloud-based distributed denial of service (DDoS) security solution provider fighting malicious Internet attacks. Nexusguard ensures uninterrupted Internet service, visibility, optimization and performance. Visit for more information.

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