Researchers observed 346 DDoS attacks in the final quarter of 2013.
Researchers observed 346 DDoS attacks in the final quarter of 2013.

Distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) saw a significant uptick among Akamai customers in the fourth quarter of 2013 — the number of attacks growing 23 percent over the previous quarter and 75 percent over the same quarter in 2012, according to the company's latest "State of the Internet Report."

Using its Akamai Intelligent Platform, the company gathered data on attack traffic and mobile connectivity as well as broadband adoption and internet connection speeds and found evidence of 346 DDoS attacks, up from 281 the quarter before.

“I think that we've come to expect that, for better or worse, DDoS and similar types of attacks will continue to be a significant issue, and unfortunately, will likely continue to increase in volume going forward,” David Belson, senior director of industry and data intelligence, told SCMagazine.com in an email correspondence. “As the cost and complexity of executing such attacks approaches zero, DDoS remains firmly entrenched as the weapon of choice for malicious individuals and organizations, including so-called activists.”

Escalation of attacks in the Asia Pacific region helped push up the overall number of DDoS events, with many executed in retaliation to the Singapore government's decision to create an internet licensing framework.

“This framework would require some sites to register themselves if they have more than 50,000 unique visitors, and the requirement there has met with extreme resistance from internet activists,” Belson said.

Attacks rose slightly, just three percent, in the Americas over third quarter 2013 figures and dropped slightly in the Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.