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200-400 Gbps DDoS Attacks Are Now Normal

Anonymous Coward writes | about 7 months ago

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An anonymous reader writes "Brian Krebs has a followup to last week's 400 Gbps DDoS attack using NTP amplification. Krebs, as a computer security writer, has often been the target of DDoS attacks, was also hit by a 200Gbps attack recently (apparently, from a 15-year-old in Illinois). That kind of volume would have been record-breaking only a couple years ago, but now it's just normal. Arbor Networks says we're entering the 'hockey stick' era of DDoS attacks, as a graph of attack volume spikes sharply over the past year. CloudFlare's CEO wrote, 'Monday’s DDoS proved these attacks aren’t just theoretical. To generate approximately 400Gbps of traffic, the attacker used 4,529 NTP servers running on 1,298 different networks. On average, each of these servers sent 87Mbps of traffic to the intended victim on CloudFlare’s network. Remarkably, it is possible that the attacker used only a single server running on a network that allowed source IP address spoofing to initiate the requests. An attacker with a 1 Gbps connection can theoretically generate more than 200Gbps of DDoS traffic.' In a statement to Krebs, he added, 'We have an attack of over 100 Gbps almost every hour of every day.'"
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