97% Largest DDoS Attacks on Telcos, Gaming, Software, Hosting, Government

Lumen

Telecommunications, gaming, software & technology, hosting, and government were the targets of 97 percent of the 500 greatest attacks in Q1 2022, according to a cybersecurity report released by Lumen Technologies. The study is about the DDoS attacks scrubbed by Lumen in Q1 2022.

The number of DDoS attacks that Lumen scrubbed in Q1 2022 increased by 66 percent compared to Q4 2021, and by 32 percent compared to Q1 2021.

Photo Beth Kohler, senior director of Security Product Management for Lumen
“Our first-quarter data shows just how important it is for businesses to maintain solid cyber defense strategies,” said Beth Kohler, senior director of Security Product Management for Lumen.

Lumen shielded one company from more than 1,300 DDoS attempts throughout the quarter, accounting for more than 20 percent of all DDoS attacks mitigated. The same organization was responsible for the 775 Gbps bandwidth attack that Lumen’s scrubbing centers had ever encountered.

“Our first-quarter data shows just how important it is for businesses to maintain solid cyber defense strategies,” said Beth Kohler, senior director of Security Product Management for Lumen. “Anyone can be the target of a large attack at any time. Even a few minutes of downtime can cause serious damage to a company’s operations, revenue and reputation. Because the highly targeted customer uses Lumen’s Always-On DDoS Mitigation Service with Rapid Threat Defense, many attacks are blocked before they can do any damage. We can only imagine the harm these criminals could have caused to our customer (and their customers) had these attacks succeeded.”

TCP SYN Flooding Attacks

Other findings of Lumen’s cybersecurity study among its clients include:

  • In Q1, the largest packet rate-based DDoS attack Lumen neutralized was 127 Mpps, more than double what Lumen mitigated in Q4.
  • In Q1 2022, the longest DDoS attack Lumen neutralized for a single client was five days.
  • Single-vector TCP SYN flooding DDoS attacks accounted for 32 percent of all DDoS mitigations. This suggests that many perpetrators continue to depend on tried-and-true assault approaches.
  • Multi-vector assaults appear to be the preferred method in the gaming and telecoms industries, accounting for 38 percent of all DDoS mitigations.