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Prolexic Publishes Infographic on Largest Attacks Mitigated in 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Feb. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Prolexic Technologies, the global leader in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) protection services, today published a new infographic summarizing the statistics about the largest DDoS attacks it mitigated in each quarter of 2013. A complimentary copy of the infographic can be downloaded from

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Throughout the year, the Prolexic Security Engineering & Response Team (PLXsert) collects metrics from all attacks launched against the company's global client base using proprietary techniques and equipment. Through digital forensics and post-attack analysis, PLXsert is able to build a global, fact-based view of the evolving DDoS threat.

"In 2013, Prolexic mitigated the largest attacks it has faced since the company was founded 10 years ago," said Stuart Scholly, president of Prolexic. "Botnets have become bigger and more powerful and in a worrying development, new toolkits that leverage reflection and amplification are enabling malicious actors to launch similarly sized attacks with fewer resources."

Largest Attacks Mitigated by Quarter for 2013

Prolexic's infographic summarizes the largest attacks mitigated last year by quarter:

  • Q1 2013: 130 Gbps peak attack bandwidth directed at a financial services firm
  • Q2 2013: 144 million packets-per-second directed at a financial services firm
  • Q3 2013: 111 Gbps peak attack bandwidth directed at a media/entertainment company
  • Q4 2013: 179 Gbps peak attack bandwidth directed at a media/entertainment company

The infographic also provides other key metrics for each attack including start date, attack duration, and the attack vectors used.

"Prolexic set records in three of the four quarters last year so it's clear that the trend is for larger and larger DDoS attacks," said Scholly. "Only a handful of organizations in the world can absorb this level of traffic so contracting mitigation services from a respected third-party provider is essential."

A complimentary copy of Prolexic's latest infographic summarizing the largest 2013 DDoS attacks mitigated by quarter can be downloaded from

About Prolexic

Prolexic is the world's largest, most trusted Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) mitigation provider. Able to absorb the largest and most complex attacks ever launched, Prolexic restores mission-critical Internet-facing infrastructures for global enterprises and government agencies within minutes. Ten of the world's largest banks and the leading companies in e-Commerce, SaaS, payment processing, travel/hospitality, gaming, energy and other at-risk industries rely on Prolexic to protect their businesses. Founded in 2003 as the world's first in-the-cloud DDoS mitigation platform, Prolexic is headquartered in Hollywood, Florida, and has scrubbing centers located in the Americas, Europe and Asia. To learn more about how Prolexic can stop DDoS attacks and protect your business, please visit, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, YouTube, and @Prolexic on Twitter.



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