DDoS Attacks Spike, Indonesia & China to Blame
Akamai Technologies released a new State of the Internet report recently indicating that DDoS (distributed denial of service) attacks have risen dramatically since it issued its last report in April 2013.
DDoS attacks are on the increase (from Q1 2013) and it's causing a great deal of alarm among Internet professionals, spurring technology giants such as Google to do something about it.
The source of the DDoS attacks is worthy of note in this Akamai report. The amount of malicious traffic from Indonesia nearly doubled its "attack traffic," from 21 percent in Q1 to 38 percent in Q3. That's a surprise as China now falls to second with 33 percent of its traffic deemed that of a malicious nature. The two account for more than half of observed attack traffic according to Akamai.
DDoS attacks can cause substantial number of problems for websites - as you may well know. Google, however, hopes to provide some relief, announcing Project Shield this week, a solution the tech company hopes will help small websites stay online during these distributed denial of service strikes. Project Shield essentially enables small site owners to serve their content through Google in order to withstand DDoS attacks and not go offline.
The Project Shield experiment was created in response to a Google Ideas request, a think tank known created to provide technology solutions to social issues, particularly in areas where political unrest and social injustice are most problematic. The Project Shield initiative is not exactly open for business yet, but it could signal that the future of Web security could be in the hands of big companies like Google.