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Neustar Research Shows Large Attacks Growing as Multi-Vector Exploits Increasingly Become the Norm

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Inc., a trusted, neutral provider of real-time information services,
today released its Q1, 2019 Cyber Threats and Trends report which
highlights new areas of growth in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
attacks over the past year.

The report affirms that DDoS attacks continue to be an effective means
to distract and confuse security teams while inflicting serious damage
to brands.

The report reveals that while volumetric attacks over 50Gbps remain a
relatively small segment of the overall threat picture at only 12% of
attacks, their frequency has grown enormously when compared to the same
period in 2018. The latest attacks morph over the course of the attack
using a variety of ports and protocols to locate and exploit
vulnerabilities. In Q1, 2019, over 77% of attacks used two or more

In particular, the trend of targeting subnets and classless inter-domain
routing (CIDR) blocks to slow or stop network traffic across the
internet is a disruptive DDoS threat, identified in the report. By using
DDoS methods aimed completely at subnets, rather than specific IP
addresses, an attack is often more difficult to detect and mitigate.
These attacks often feature multiple vectors, and will switch between
them as they migrate from subnet to subnet.

Neustar handled a mitigation for just such an attack in an
around-the-clock collaboration between SOC engineers and a new customer
who was quickly onboarded by Neustar after being dropped [during the
attack] by their Tier 1 Internet Service Provider (ISP).

“Today’s artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies
enable us to identify anomalous traffic and patterns, correlate data
across systems, and perform behavioral analytics on users and entities,”
said Rodney Joffe, Neustar Senior Vice President, Technologist and
Fellow. “But none of these systems function without professionals who
know how to deploy them, interpret their data, identify the existence
and location of problems, and mitigate them.”

Such immediate personal involvement with expert engineers is a
significant benefit in working with an established firm such as Neustar,
particularly when under attack. “Neustar’s
of scrubbing capacity and variety of offerings are world
class, and we have more power than ever to defend against the range of
DDoS attacks,” said Michael Kaczmarek, Neustar Vice President of
Security Products. “But it’s important to remember our most powerful
defense: people.”

Neustar provides its customers with the resources and assurance that are
needed to ensure data and infrastructure is continually protected
against any type or size of DDoS attack. Neustar’s DDoS Mitigation
Solutions offer the largest dedicated global network with over 10Tbps +
of scrubbing capacity in North America, Europe, Asia, South America,
Africa, Australia and India.

A complimentary copy of The Neustar Q1’19 Cyber Threats and Trends
Report is available here.

About Neustar

Neustar, Inc. is a leading global information services provider driving
the connected world forward with responsible identity resolution. As a
company built on a foundation of Privacy by Design, Neustar is depended
upon by the world’s largest corporations to help grow, guard and guide
their businesses with the most complete understanding of how to connect
people, places and things. Neustar’s unique, accurate and real-time
identity system, continuously corroborated through billions of
transactions, empowers critical decisions across our clients’ enterprise
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