2023: DDoS Attacks on Environmental Services Industry Skyrocket by 61,839%

January 15, 2024
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TLDR:
– The environmental services industry saw a 61,839% increase in DDoS attack traffic in 2023.
– Cyber attacks coincided with COP 28, highlighting the intersection between environmental issues and cybersecurity.
– The cryptocurrency industry remains the primary target for HTTP DDoS attacks.
– The US and China are the main sources of HTTP DDoS attack traffic.
– DDoS attacks targeting Palestinian and Taiwanese websites also increased significantly in 2023.

The environmental services industry experienced a massive surge in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in 2023, with a 61,839% increase in attack traffic compared to the previous year. This surge coincided with COP 28, an environmental conference, highlighting the growing intersection between environmental issues and cybersecurity.

The cryptocurrency industry continues to be the primary target for HTTP-based DDoS attacks, with more than 330 billion attack requests in Q4 2023. Gaming and gambling, as well as telecommunications, also faced a high number of attacks.

The US and China were identified as the main sources of HTTP DDoS attack traffic, accounting for over a quarter of all attacks worldwide. Brazil, Germany, Indonesia, and Argentina also contributed significantly to the attack traffic. This highlights the global nature of DDoS attacks and the need for international cooperation in combating them.

In addition to attacks on the environmental services and cryptocurrency industries, DDoS attacks targeting Palestinian and Taiwanese websites also saw significant increases. Attack traffic targeting Palestinian websites increased by 1,126% quarter-over-quarter, while attacks on Taiwanese websites grew by 3,370%.

The increase in DDoS attacks is part of a larger trend observed in recent years, indicating the growing threat of cyber attacks on various industries and regions. The report also highlights the need for organizations to secure their API endpoints, as HTTP anomalies are commonly used to launch malicious attacks.

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