Hong Kong Sites Hit by 111% Rise in DDoS Attacks

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Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against Hong Kong websites increased a whopping 111% from September to October as pro-democracy protests in the Special Administrative Region of China took hold, according to Arbor Networks.

The DDoS mitigation firm’s Security Engineering and Response Team (ASERT) consulted anonymized data generated by its ATLAS network of 290 ISPs worldwide running Arbor products.

Hong Kong Sites Hit by  DDoS Attacks

It found that observed attacks against Hong Kong-related online properties jumped from 1,688 in September this year to 3,565 in October.

ASERT threat intelligence and response manager, Kirk Soluk, explained in a blog post that while establishing definitive causal relationships and attribution is tricky, DDoS attacks appear to have become the “new normal” in countries experiencing political unrest.