Akamai's state of the Internet report found that distributed denial of service attacks tripled in 2012.
Cyberwarfare incidences jumped sharply in 2012, Akamai said,
with the number of distributed denial of service attacks more than tripling from the previous year.
Akamai, one of the world's largest globally distributed networks, said its customers reported being targeted by 768 DDoS attacks last year, more than three times as many as in 2011. The company's State of the Internet report released Tuesday also found that more than a third of those attacks targeted the commerce sector, while another 20 percent targeted enterprise customers.
"In many ways, DDoS has become the weapon of choice for multiple types of attackers, from political activists to criminals, and potentially even nation-states," Akamai said.
Akamai noted that, at this point in time, it's only counting attacks that were serious enough to require human interaction to combat them. Lower-level attacks, which are mitigated automatically with little or no interaction from Akamai or its customers, are not included in the total.