he DDoS landscape in Q1 2022 was shaped by the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine: a significant part of all DDoS-related news concerned these countries. In mid-January, the website of Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko was hit by a DDoS attack, and the websites of a number of Ukrainian ministries were defaced. In mid-February, DDoS attacks affected the website of Ukraine’s Ministry of Defense, online services of Oschadbank and PrivatBank, as well as the hosting provider Mirohost.
Around the same time, PrivatBank customers received fake text messages about out-of-service ATMs, seemingly intended to sow panic. Another wave of DDoS engulfed Ukrainian government resources on February 23, while the State Service of Special Communication and Information Protection of Ukraine reported a series of continuous attacks in late February and early March. Although the volume of junk traffic exceeded 100 GB/s at peak onslaught, that pales in comparison to the attacks of 1 TB/s capacity or more that occured repeatedly last year.