The internet is under heavier attacks than ever. In Akamai's Q1 2016 State of the Internet - Security Report, the content delivery network (CDN) company found there's been a 125 percent increase in distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks year over year.
But, wait, there's more. Much more. There's also been a 35 percent increase in the average attack duration. In the first quarter of 2015, the average attack lasted almost 15 hours. Now, they're up to just over 16 hours.
Adding insult to injury, truly massive DDoS attacks, 100 Gigabits per second (Gbps), are now more common than ever. The first quarter of 2016 saw 19 such attacks compared to 2015's eight assaults. That's an increase of 137.5 percent.
That last one is even worse than it sounds. In just the first three months of 2016, there were 19 100Gbps attacks. In 2015's last quarter there were only five.
All together in 2016's first quarter, Akamai witnessed 4,523 DDoS attacks. That's a significant increase from the previous quarter's 3,693 attacks. This increase was largely driven by repeat attacks on customers rather than cyber crooks going after more targets.