This is the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Statistical Report for 2022. This comprehensive report unveils the global shift in the DDoS threat landscape, providing key observations, metrics, and trends for the year. Discover the types of attack vectors, attack durations, and the rise of botnets and DDoS attacks in the tech world.
In 2022, the total number of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks worldwide increased by 115.1% over the amount observed in 2021. The data also showed that cyber attackers continued to alter their threat vectors by targeting the application platforms, online databases, and cloud-based storage systems within Internet Service Providers (ISPs). This resulted in a significantly greater impact globally as organizations continue to move more of their workloads to the cloud.
While the overall number of DDoS attacks did more than double, the maximum size of 361.9 gigabits per second (Gbps) represented a 48.2% decrease over those measured in 2021. Average attack size also shrank by 22.4%.
The majority of DDoS threats (85.6%) in 2022 were single-vector attacks, which is almost identical to the percentage seen in 2021. UDP- (user datagram protocol) based and TCP- (transmission control protocol) based attacks were the most popular attacks by type, accounting for 72.5% and 23.0% respectively. Other key findings include:
- The top three DDoS attack vectors were NTP (network time protocol) amplification, memcached, and UDP attacks.
- UDP based attacks increased 121.3% year-over-year (YoY). TCP based and other attacks also grew significantly.
- Amplification attacks grew by 414.6% YoY.
- Application attacks saw enormous growth, increasing by 718.1% YoY.