There had previously been inadequate statistics for the three countries, although DDoS attacks are one of the most common security incidents. The Link11 DDoS report is based on the analysis of approx. 7,000 DDoS attacks on targets in German-speaking Europe from January to March 2016. It summarizes the current trends in DDoS attacks with attack bandwidths, attack vectors, and source countries. An analysis of extortion attempts associated with DDoS attacks in the first three months of 2016 and a case study of DDoS attacks against cinema operators in Germany add further details to the report.
The most important facts for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland:
LSOC has observed further growth in the number of new groups attempting extortion by DDoS. In addition to the already well-known Armada Collective, new perpetrators such as Gladius and RedDoor have in some cases been extremely aggressive against companies in Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Major cinema chains in Germany were targeted for DDoS attacks in early March. The attackers shut down the web servers of the various cinema operators in a staggered pattern. In some cases, they were down for several hours. Not only were their webpages affected, but also the ability to reserve and purchase movie tickets online was blocked.
Each quarter, these DDoS reports for German-speaking Europe provide detailed insights into DDoS attacks and attempts at extortion through DDoS. The report focuses on the evaluation of various characteristics of these attacks and compares them to key figures from the previous quarter. The Link11 DDoS reports provide decision makers and IT managers an overview of the current threat situation. Meaningful statistics and in-depth analysis can help them better assess their own DDoS risk and put the necessary safeguards into place.
The Link11 DDoS report for German-speaking Europe is available in the download section of the Link11 website.