The final quarter of last year saw large-scale DDoS attacks make a return for the first time in 2020 as cybercriminals began using the threat of such an attack to extort ransoms from organizations.

According to a new blog post from Cloudflare, the web protection and security company observed an increase in the number of large DDoS attacks over 500Mbps and 50k packets per second (pps).  At the same time, attack vectors continued to evolve with protocol-based attacks seeing a three to ten times increase compared to the third quarter of 2020.



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