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Cyber attacks in Asia-Pacific in Q1 2024

Q1 2024: DDoS Asia-Pacific

DDoS Attacks in Asia-Pacific
in Q1 2024

Three trends stood out the most in the first quarter of 2024:

  1. yearly increase of DDoS traffic is at 108%;
  2. the impact of elections on the overall volume of malicious traffic and the most targeted industries; and
  3. a very concerning increase in botnet strength due to the growing number of devices.

Let’s break down the key trends in more detail.

in Q1 2024 in the Asia Pacific, attacks are up 108% compared to Q1 2023

The growth is driven most by increased attacks on the government, entertainment, and finance industries.

Trend 1:
Elections in various APAC countries had a direct impact on the geographic distribution of attacks

Notable elections took place in Taiwan, Bangladesh, and Indonesia, and activists didn’t stay on the sidelines.

  • They attempted to influence the results by targeting critical services, leading to an increase in attacks in these countries.
  • Attacks increased by 148% in Taiwan and by 74% in Bangladesh.
Trend 2:
Geopolitics remains a significant factor in the distribution of DDoS attacks across the Asia Pacific region.
  • Countries with friendly ties to Russia experienced a higher proportion of attacks.
  • China bore the brunt, with 16% of all DDoS attacks in APAC targeting the country.
  • Singapore and Hong Kong faced 11% and 6% of the total, respectively.
Trend 3:
DNS attacks are on the rise

Globally, DNS attacks aren’t that common. In Q1 2024, they accounted for only 4% of all incidents.

In APAC, we’re seeing that while DNS attacks are still less common than HTTP/HTTPS and TCP/UDP attacks, they are evolving much faster and are more widespread.

Trend 4:
Botnets are becoming increasingly powerful, alarmingly fast

The average number of devices in botnets has skyrocketed from around 4,000 in Q1 2023 to 16,000 in Q1 2024, which represents a 400% increase in power. That’s assuming the throughput of each device remains constant.

However, it’s likely that the throughput has also increased, meaning today’s botnets are potentially more than four times stronger compared to last year…

For More Cybersecurity trends
affecting the Asia-Pacific

To continue reading the full DDoS Attacks in Asia-Pacific in Q1 2024 report from Stormwall, hit the links below to either download the full report in pdf format, or to access the DDoS report via Stormwall’s online profiles.

Download:
DDoS Attacks in Asia-Pacific in Q1 2024 (pdf)

Also available:
Stormwall’s Asia-Pacific DDoS report for 2023

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