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Average DDoS Attack Bandwidth Jumps Eight-Fold In One Quarter

Unknown Lamer posted about a year and a half ago | from the seriously-bored-teenagers dept.

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judgecorp writes "Distributed denial of service attacks have increased their bandwidth by 700 percent in the last quarter, according to DDoS specialist Prolexic. the average bandwidth has gone up from 5/9Gbps to 48.25Gbps — and the number of packets-per-second is also up. However, claims of a 300Gbps attack on Spamhaus are almost certainly false."

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ima charging my (2)

fisted (2295862) | about a year and a half ago | (#43473793)

lazer.

Re:ima charging my (1)

Midnight_Falcon (2432802) | about a year and a half ago | (#43474177)

lol..someone please mod this up, it's hillarious

incorrect assessment. (4, Interesting)

nimbius (983462) | about a year and a half ago | (#43473831)

s/DDoS specialist Prolexic/DDoS services vendor Prolexic./
or in other words, "company that specializes in the mitigation and treatment of DDoS reports DDoS threats are extremely bad right now"

So that's what ???? is a placeholder for (2)

spxZA (996757) | about a year and a half ago | (#43474013)

1) Create a company to fight against DDoS
2) Sign up customers, but not enough
3) Report that DDoS is out of control
4) Profit!

Re:incorrect assessment. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43474045)

Holy <b>!

How'd you get that crazy bold?

Re:incorrect assessment. (1)

voidphoenix (710468) | about a year and a half ago | (#43477979)

normal<b>bold<b>bolder</b>bold</b>normal

Apparently, bold tags stack two high. Learn something new everyday. :)

Who is a good source (1)

phorm (591458) | about a year and a half ago | (#43475451)

So who would you consider a good source of DDOS information then?

I'd expect a statement that the # of DDOS attempts is going up would be targeted at increasing business, not so much that the bandwidth is increasing.
Regardless of whether you're being DDOS's at 9GBPS or 50GBPS, either one isn't going to be pleasant for many companies out there. However, it may matter to DDOS providers as I'd imagine there's an upper-limit to what even they can filter.

Re:Who is a good source (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43476099)

So who would you consider a good source of DDOS information then?

Someone who doesn't have a vested financial interest in peddling "preventative" DDoS mitigation services.

Re:incorrect assessment. (1)

CBravo (35450) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476733)

And who else is the specialist on the planet?

I do not see any other orgs, e.g. Tier1 providers or internet exchanges, providing any relevant and coherent data (maybe I am missing some interesting stuff). Maybe these guys have a stroke of luck/DDoSses (which they can market as well). It does not make the data invalid (hard to validate; yes). They have a reputation to keep up (must be pretty clean).

Now that I think of it: Tier1 family is awfull quiet about DDoS. Good for their business.

Bandwidth starting level (1)

afbi4314 (2900041) | about a year and a half ago | (#43473861)

I am shocked to read this news and want to know that what was the initial level of bandwidth before reaching at the level of 5/9Gbps to 48.25Gbps, as said in above post?

Re:Bandwidth starting level (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43474173)

I'd like to know what the final bandwidth was, too. It started somewhere, then it went up by some amount between five ninths of a Gigabit and 48.25 Gigabits, and then it ended somewhere. This is very vague.

Bandwidth AND packets increased (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43473909)

Now that's a doozie. Who would ever guess that more bits per second would mean more packets per second? THE STUPID IS BURNING! HELP ME!

Re:Bandwidth AND packets increased (4, Informative)

Waveguide04 (811184) | about a year and a half ago | (#43474029)

Not necessarily. A link can be saturated with a lot more 64 byte packets or a lot less 9k byte packets, but 1 Gbps is still 1 Gbps.

Re:Bandwidth AND packets increased (1)

Selur (2745445) | about a year and a half ago | (#43474629)

still with a. more people getting online b. the percentage of infested computers not really falling and c. the average connection speed growing, isn't a grow in DDOS bandwidth something that was predictable?

Re:Bandwidth AND packets increased (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43474991)

Not necessarily. A link can be saturated with a lot more 64 byte packets or a lot less 9k byte packets, but 1 Gbps is still 1 Gbps.

But it's not likely that the attackers would change their packet size much, so more traffic can be said to mean a higher packet count too.

Re:Bandwidth AND packets increased (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43474963)

Hammack believes those pushing the “biggest attack ever” message combined traffic figures of separate attacks on those involved in the Spamhaus DDoS hits, including Tier 1 network providers and exchanges like LINX in London, to get to 300Gbps. When talking about DDoS attack records, only single strikes should be counted.

IT BURNS USSSSSS

ta3o (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43473977)

5/9Gbps = 0.56Gbps (3, Informative)

RatherBeAnonymous (1812866) | about a year and a half ago | (#43474313)

Gah! 5.9, not 5/9. You made me RTFA to figure out WTF.

FAILZORS?! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43474657)

about 700 usErs [goat.cx]

Prolexic smells fishy (2)

TigerPlish (174064) | about a year and a half ago | (#43474877)

I had a few phonecalls with Prolexic back in late '11. The talks didn't get too far. Sounds like a sweatshop with very high churn. Something, I don't know what, gave me the impression that it's a struggling concern.

What are the odds that this article was a slashvertisement?

Re:Prolexic smells fishy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43475047)

If it was a slashvertisement, it would probably not come from a user with an established article submitting history. I mean, it still could be, but the odds are very low.

Re:Prolexic smells fishy (1)

Amouth (879122) | about a year and a half ago | (#43475221)

it's also missing the link to the dice version of the summary

Re:Prolexic smells fishy (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43475273)

I used to work there. I have no horse in this race anymore, but for what it's worth they run a pretty decent shop. The whole DDoS protection industry is surprisingly in its infancy but for the most part they did a really good job of being on top of some fairly high profile attacks when I was there. The last thing I'd do to describe them is a sweatshop.

Re:Prolexic smells fishy (1)

TigerPlish (174064) | about a year and a half ago | (#43488891)

Then their headhunter needs to communicate better.

Mtgox (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43475307)

Is this related to Mtgox in any way? I think they use Prolexic.

bitcoin exchange and miners (1)

thygate (1590197) | about a year and a half ago | (#43475503)

It seems the strategy is as follows : DDoS the exchanges to drop the value, buy btc, then DDoS the mining pools to raise the value, sell btc. Slush's pool has been under attack for two days now. The value is also going up again since today.

Re:bitcoin exchange and miners (1)

computererds (1613487) | about a year and a half ago | (#43476297)

It seems the strategy is as follows : DDoS the exchanges to drop the value, buy btc, then DDoS the mining pools to raise the value, sell btc. Slush's pool has been under attack for two days now. The value is also going up again since today.

As has btcguild, and others have told me other pools as well.

This is just my opinion, but I think that worked once, and now it is just undermining the value, stability, and legitimacy of bitcoin. I'm not saying it is (or that it is even likely,) but I wouldn't be surprised if it were eventually found that the current DDoS'ing is state sponsored due to all the attention it was suddenly getting.

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