DDoS Amped Up: DNS, Memcached Attacks Rise

Record-breaking distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are on a tear this year, and new data shows that DNS amplification attacks have jumped 700% worldwide since 2016.

In the first quarter of 2018, some 55 DNS amplification attacks employed Memcached servers, according to Nexusguard’s first quarter data. Memcached servers this year became the new darling of botnet operators looking for a way to jack up their DDoS attacks. Memcached is an open source software program used to increase server performance; it caches data in system memory, and was designed for internal networks.

Read more about the disconcerting findings of the latest DDoS report by Nexusguard on DarkReading.