Real-time detection of consumer IoT devices participating in DDoS attacks

Could we detect compromised consumer IoT devices participating in a DDoS attack in real-time and do something about it? A group of researchers Princeton University have presented some encouraging results showing that the first part of that equation can be relatively easily solved. As IoT traffic is often distinct from that of other Internet connected […]

Can this ‘national DDoS radar’ plan help fight off attacks on Dutch critical systems?

A team of cybersecurity researchers has come up with a proposal to help the Netherlands ward off the threat of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Their concept is to create a “national DDoS radar system” that could, in extreme cases, see Dutch networks disconnected from the outside world. The Netherlands was earlier this year hit by a […]

Do you have what it takes to withstand modern DDoS attacks?

As the latest record DDoS attack hit GitHub and threatened to overwhelm its edge network, the popular Git-repository hosting service quickly switched to routing the attack traffic to their DDoS mitigation service. In the end, GitHub ended up completely unavailable for five minutes and intermittently unavailable for four. But while the effect of the attack […]

Are DDoS Attacks Increasing or Decreasing? Depends on Whom You Ask

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks remain unpredictable and dangerous for enterprises, but actual details on how the threat is evolving can differ substantially by the reporting source. Two reports released this week, one by Verisign and the other from Nexusguard, indicate a general increase in multivector attacks and an overall decrease in the number of DDoS attacks in the […]

DDoS explained: How distributed denial of service attacks are evolving

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is when an attacker, or attackers, attempt to make it impossible for a service to be delivered. This can be achieved by thwarting access to virtually anything: servers, devices, services, networks, applications, and even specific transactions within applications. In a DoS attack, it’s one system that is sending […]

Hackers break 1.3Tbps GitHub record with a new 1.7Tbps attack on ISP

Records are meant to be broken but we didn’t wish this record to be broken. It was broken and broken by a mile. A week ago, the global coding depository, GitHub suffered world’s biggest DDoS attack recorded at 1.35Tbps. It was thought to be a mind-boggling number. Imagine sending dead data packets at 1.35Tb per second involving tens of […]

GitHub Faced World’s Biggest Ever DDoS Attack of 1.3TBs

GitHub, the most popular depository, faced the world’s most powerful DDoS attack of a whopping 1.3TB per second. As per GitHub, the website was unavailable for about 5 minutes (17:21 to 17:26 UTC) on February 28th as a result of this massive torrent of 1.2 Tbps traffic targetting the site all at once. Soon after the attack, […]

GitHub hit with the largest DDoS attack ever seen

GitHub has revealed it was hit with what may be the largest-ever distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. The first portion of the attack against the developer platform peaked at 1.35Tbps, and there was a second 400Gbps spike later. This would make it the biggest DDoS attack recorded so far. Until now, the biggest clocked […]

Another massive DDoS internet blackout could be coming your way

A massive internet blackout similar to the Dyn DNS outage in 2016 could easily happen again, despite relatively low-cost countermeasures, according to a new study out of Harvard University. The DDoS attack on Dyn took many major web sites offline for most of a day, including Twitter, PayPal, Reddit, Amazon, and Netflix. Millions of compromised IoT devices, belonging to the […]

Memcached Servers Being Exploited in Huge DDoS Attacks

Multiple security vendors this week are warning about threat actors for the first time exploiting unprotected Memcached servers to launch dangerously large denial-of-service attacks against target organizations. German DDoS mitigation service provider Link11, one of those to report on the new activity, says that over the past few days it has observed massive UDP attacks in […]