A powerful distributed denial-of-service attack hit a specific website hosted by a popular service provider – Akamai. The record-breaking 1.44 terabits per second and 385 million packets-per-second make the attack the most powerful DDoS attack so far.
A second attack that exceeded 500 megabits-per-second occurred the same day. It was targeted against another website hosted by the same hosting company. These two severe DDoS attacks are considered to be made for a social reason related to the sites themselves rather than something related to the hosting provider.
Akamai company reveals that a knowledgeable hacker most likely completed the attack. Their investigation on the case brings out into open that the attacker used a diversity of data types for well-coordinated attacks.
It is notable that hackers used more than nine different types of traffic for the largest ever DDoS. This number is far more than the two or three types used in a typical attack. Since most of the DDoS attacks cause a traffic surge for several minutes, this one had lasted for an hour.
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A Novel Approach to DDoS Attacks
The usage of a variety of volumetric attacks; floods of ACK, SYN, UDP, NTP, TCP reset, and SSDP packets; other attacks like CLDAP reflection, TCP anomaly, and UDP fragments, as well as multiple botnet attack tools, is a novel approach, according to Roger Barranco, vice president of global security operations for Akamai.
DarkReading, which was the first to report about the new largest DDoS attack, makes public that the security specialist Roger Barranco compares this novel approach to the Mirai botnet DDoS attacks. He admits that this time hackers have demonstrated a high level of coordination as they were able to get a hold of multiple tools, which helped them to use traffic from sources worldwide literally.
Akamai was able to quickly find a way to succeed in dealing with the new most massive distributed denial-of-service attack. It took the company about ten minutes to get it under control.