After two consecutive quarters of globally reduced total distributed denial of service attacks, the second quarter of 2017 saw a marked increase, according to data in a new report issued by Akamai Technologies.

This, among other findings about global DDoS trends, was detailed in Akamai’s “Q2 2017 State of the Internet/Security Report“ published Aug. 22.

The report found that the second quarter saw a 28 percent increase in total DDoS attacks as well as a 28 percent increase in the average number of attacks per target.

Additionally, for the first time ever, Egypt topped the list of countries with the most IP addresses sourcing volumetric DDoS attacks with 44,000-source IP addresses, the report said.

Behind Egypt in second place was the U.S., following by Turkey, China and India in the second quarter.

When compared, however, with DDoS attacks from the previous year ― as opposed to the previous quarter in 2017 ― DDoS attacks are still down. The report found an 18 percent decrease in total DDoS attacks between the second quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2016; but there was a 19 percent increase in the average number of attacks per target between the second quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2016.

Moreover, there was a jump in traffic in late June, Akamai found, with the average number of attacks per target rising to a new high of 32.