DDoS in 2017: Strap Yourself in for a Bumpy Ride (The Register)


DDoS attacks have been around since at least 2000, and they’re not going away. In fact, as the number of devices online grows, the volume and velocity of these attacks is also increasing.

Whole industries have developed around launching and preventing DDoS campaigns as black hats and white hats battle for dominance, and 2017 promises to be the most dramatic year yet in that conflict.

Here are some predictions about what’s likely to happen in the next 12 months.

Whale-Sized Attacks Will Increase

Historically, DDoS attacks have been relatively small: the majority of attacks – 93 per cent – are below 1Gbps in size, so when large attacks do happen, they tend to show up on the radar.

We’ve seen some monster attacks in 2016 – most notably the Mirai-based attack on Brian Krebs’ Krebsonsecurity site during September that caused Akamai to withdraw support, and the attack on Dynin October.