DDoS attacks: Mirai and Spike botnets compete for centre stage

According to Akamai’s State of the Internet/Security Report, Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that are greater than 100Gbps increased by 140% year-on-year in the Q4 of 2016.

One of Akamai’s latest reports found that while the biggest DDoS attack in Q4 came from the Spike botnet, seven out of the twelve biggest attacks from the same period were as a result of the Mirai worm.

With the number of connected  IoT devices rapidly increasing, security experts have predicted that the frequency and severity of DDoS attacks is likely to significantly rise.

The assault from the Spike botnet at the end of 2016 provides an interesting insight into the nature and circumstance behind DDoS attacks. With the proliferation of the Mirai worm, whose creator was uncovered by Brian Krebs at the beginning of this year, there is every likelihood that Spike felt challenged by Mirai and wanted to be more competitive.
If this is the case, organisations must prepare themselves for distributed denial of service assaults that are not only aimed to take their site offline, but also to demonstrate the attack power of the botnet that’s used.