DDOS attacks on financial services firms explode

By | April 12, 2012

Source: Computerworld

by Jeremy Kirk

In this article “The financial services industry saw nearly triple the number of distributed denial-of-service (DDOS) attacks during the first three months of this year compared to the same period last year, according to a report released Wednesday.

The new data comes from security vendor Prolexic, which counts ten of the world’s major banks as clients for its DDOS mitigation services. In its report, the company said DDOS attacks also rose in intensity, with increases in both bandwidth and packet-per-second rates.

The average attack bandwidth rose from 5.2G bps (bits per second) in the last three months of 2011 to 6.1G bps in the first quarter of this year. But the average attack length of time dropped from 34 hours to 28.5 hours over the same periods, Prolexic said.”

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