Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the global leader in content delivery network (CDN) services, today released its Second Quarter, 2016 State of the Internet / Security Report. The report, using data gathered from the Akamai Intelligent Platform™, highlights the cloud security landscape, specifically trends with DDoS and web application attacks, as well as malicious traffic from bots.

DDoS Attacks

Total DDoS attacks increased 129 percent in Q2 2016 from Q2 2015. During the second quarter, Akamai mitigated a total of 4,919 DDoS attacks.
Akamai observed its largest DDoS to date at 363 Gbps on June 20th against a European media customer. At the same time, the median attack size fell by 36% to 3.85 Gbps.
Twelve attacks observed during Q2 exceeded 100 Gbps and two that reached 300 Gbps targeted the media and entertainment industry.

Web Application Attacks

Q2 2016 showed a 14 percent increase in total web application attacks from Q1 2016.
Brazil experienced a 197 percent increase in attacks sourced from the region – the top country of origin for all web application attacks.
The United States ranked second among countries for total web application attacks, saw a 13 percent decrease in attacks compared to Q1 2016.
SQL Injection (44 percent) and Local File Inclusion (45 percent) were the two most common attack vectors in Q2.

Bot Traffic Analysis

During one 24-hour period in Q2, bots accounted for 43 percent of all web traffic across the Akamai Intelligent Platform.
Detected automation tools and scraping campaigns represented 63 percent of all bot traffic, a 10 percent increase from Q1 2016. These bots scrape specific websites or industry segments and do not identify their intentions and origin.

Akamai mitigated 4,919 DDoS attack events within the Akamai zouted DDoS mitigation network an increase from Q1 2016’s 4,523 attack events.

Twelve attacks exceeded 100 Gbps, including two attacks exceeding 300 Gigabits per second (Gbps) against the media & entertainment sector. Six of these 12 mega-attacks were also high packet-per-second attacks.

As Brazil took the world stage for sporting events, there was a significant increase in
web application attacks against the hotel & travel industry, with 21% of the attacks in Q2
vs. only 7% of the attacks in Q1. For the first time, Brazil was the top source country for web
application attacks (25%). The US was a close second (23%).

BALAJI is a Security Researcher (Threat Research Labs) at Comodo Cybersecurity. He is a Certified Ethical Hacker, Editor-in-Chief, Author & Co-Creator of GBHackers On Security