Approximately 2.9 million Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks were launched in the first quarter of 2021, according to research from NETSCOUT’s ATLAS Security Engineering & Response Team (ASERT).
The estimated figure represents a 31% increase compared to the same period in 2020. All three months of the year’s first quarter saw more than 900,000 DDoS attacks, which researchers said exceeded the existing baseline of 800,000 per month.
“The first two months of the year are usually the slowest months in the DDoS attack calendar,” wrote researchers.
“This year, we saw 972,000 attacks in January, which eclipses the record set last May for the largest number of attacks yet seen in one month.”
ASERT has warned that last year’s record-breaking volume of DDoS attacks could be exceeded in 2021.