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Web Application Attacks Decrease in Q3

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Akamai reports decline on yearly basis

Internet content giant Akamai reported a slight decrease in web application attacks in the third quarter (Q3) of 2016 on yearly basis.

Akamai’s most recent [link url=”” title=”State of the Internet report”] revealed that web application attacks dropped 18 percent from Q3 2015 to Q3 2106.

Additionally, there was a huge drop in WebApp attacks sourcing from United States last quarter. There was a 67 percent decrease in U.S.-sourced attacks in Q3.

Web Application Attack: A type of cyber attack that typically involves either cross-site scripting (XSS) or injection actions. This type of attack typically targets flawed coding or otherwise insecure web applications.

U.S. a top target

Despite the large drop in WebApp attacks sourced in the U.S., the U.S. remained a top target of this type of cyber attack in Q3. Last quarter, approximately two-thirds of all WebApp attacks detected by Akamai targeted the United States.

Three specific types of web application attacks made up the majority activity in Q3. SQL injection (SQLi), local file inclusion (LFI), and cross-site scripting (XSS) comprised 95 percent of all attacks in the quarter.

Reversal from Q2

Results from this most recent report reverse what Akamai discovered about the previous quarter, the second quarter (Q2) of 2016. In Q2, [link url=”” title=”Akamai reported”] moderate increase in WebApp attacks on a quarterly basis.

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