Cyber Security: DDoS Weapons on the Rise

Cyber Security: DDoS Weapons on the Rise

By Greg Tavarez

Cyberattacks, including malware, ransomware and DDoS attacks, surged during the coronavirus pandemic and disrupted health care, education, food supply chains, utilities, government agencies, and many other businesses. A10 Networks' security research team tracked over 15.4 million DDoS weapons in 2021, and A10 Networks’ threat intelligence detailed the use of DDoS attacks to disrupt infrastructure and communications in Ukraine in February 2022, coinciding with Russia’s ground attack.

A10 Networks’ threat intelligence research team monitored significant advances in scope and intensity of cybercrimes, and found an increase of over 100%, year-over-year, of more obscure potential amplification weapons, including Apple Remote Desktop, or ARD, which was used in the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Attackers also have leveraged the Log4j vulnerability. More than 75% of Log4j scanners originated in Russia.

In March, the U.S. government issued guidance urging organizations to act to protect against cyberattacks and state-sponsored cyber warfare. Among the strategies that can prove effective is implementing Zero Trust principles to protect networks and ensure they are not being used to launch attacks. A10’s security-led solutions for DDoS protection, TLS/SSL inspection of encrypted traffic and application delivery security capabilities can provide identity- and context-based Zero Trust policies for specific enforced access.

“A10 Networks tracks the origins of DDoS weapons activity, in addition to other attack vectors, in order to arm customers with useful threat intelligence,” said Dhrupad Trivedi, president and CEO of A10 Networks. “This is a critical component of a Zero Trust framework to help organizations better anticipate and mitigate cyberattacks and also ensure networks are not inadvertently being weaponized.”

A10 also joined the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association, or MISA, to continue supporting cybersecurity needs and to contribute to cyber threat solutions. MISA is an association of independent software vendors and managed security service providers that integrated their solutions to defend against a world of increasing threats.

The 2022 A10 Networks DDoS Threat Report provided details on the origins of DDoS activity; the growth of DDoS weapons — the computers, servers and IoT devices that can potentially be used in DDoS attacks — and botnets; the role of malware in the propagation of DDoS weapons and attacks; and the steps organizations can take to protect against such activities.

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Edited by Erik Linask
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