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Groups War Over Resources For DDoS Attacks

An anonymous reader quotes CSO:

As more groups get into the denial-of-service attack business they’re starting to get in each other’s way, according to a report released Thursday… There are only so many devices around that have the kind of vulnerabilities that make them potential targets for a botnet. That translates into a smaller average attack size, said Martin McKeay, senior security advocate at Cambridge, Mass.-based Akamai Technologies Inc. There are only so many devices around that have the kind of vulnerabilities that make them potential targets for a botnet. “And other people can come in and take over the device, and take those resources to feed their own botnet,” he said. “I’m seeing that over and over.”

The article reports a median size for DDoS attacks of 4 gigabits per second at the start of 2015 — which droped in the first quarter of 2017 down to 500 megabits per second.

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