DDoS attacks double as criminals leverage home routers, WordPress plugins

The number of distributed denial-of-service attacks in the second quarter of this year was more than double that of last year, according to a new report from Akamai.

The number of megasized attacks, larger than 100 gigabits per second, also doubled, while application layer attacks were up 122 percent and infrastructure layer attacks were up 134 percent.

“It’s an arms race,” said Eric Kobrin, director of adversarial resilience at Akamai Technologies. “There are larger and larger botnets out there used for attacks.”

The attacks are increasingly coming from home and small business routers, as well as from hacked WordPress sites.

WordPress currently powers about a quarter of all websites, and that market share has been increasing steadily over the past few years — as has the size of the web itself.

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