In 2020, there were an unprecedented number of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. These types of attacks involve overwhelming a website or online service with a large amount of traffic in order to make it unavailable to users. The COVID-19 pandemic played a significant role in the increase of these attacks. As more people were forced to work and socialize online due to the pandemic, attackers saw new opportunities to target a wider range of industries and websites. As people increasingly relied on online services such as streaming, ecommerce, cloud services, and online learning, attackers followed suit and began targeting these services. As a result, the number of DDoS attacks in 2020 was much higher than previous years.
Although this increase in attacks was seen globally, it's also important to look at the variations in impact at a more specific level, in order to understand the specific regions and industries that were affected the most, and tailor the defense strategies accordingly. For the purpose of this article, let's take a look at the DDoS activity in the Australia.