Kaspersky researchers spotted a record setting 292 hour-long (12.2 day) DDoS attack in Q4 2016, significantly beating the previous quarter’s maximum attack, which lasted 184 hours (7.7 days) days. And poorly secured internet of things (IoT) may be to blame.
The firm also found that 80 countries had their resources targeted, compared to 67 in the previous quarter, with China absorbing 71 percent of these attacks, according to the Q4 Summary report.
The top the 10 most targeted countries accounted for almost 97 percent of all attacks with China leading the pack accounting for nearly 77 percent of all the attacks, a slight uptick from the previous quarter, followed by the U.S. which accounted for almost 13 percent of the attacks.
Researchers also spotted four main trends: the demise of amplification-type attacks, rising popularity of attacks on applications along with their increase in encryption usage, rising popularity in WordPress Pingback attacks and the use of IOT botnets to carry out DDoS attacks.