Jul 21 2014

DDoS attacks are the new black

“Someone’s got a big, new cannon. Start of ugly things to come,” tweetedMatthew Prince on Feb. 10. Prince is the CEO of DDoS defense firm Cloudflare, a company whose mission is to help websites stay online when they are targeted by cyberattacks. In a process called mitigation, Cloudflare tries to alleviate the attack by filtering the data flood. But last Monday, there was quite a lot of stuff to strain. A record-breaking distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack at nearly 400Gbps hit European networks and an unnamed Cloudflare customer. The previous record, last year, was around 300Gbps and targeted anti-spam outfit Spamhaus, affecting some European Internet switching stations and slowing down some services.

Alongside Cloudflare’s alarm, Oles Van Herman, the CEO of French hosting firm OVH.com, confirmed that something big was going on. Hetweeted that his company was seeing a DDoS attack far larger than 350Gbps and that attackers were using OVH.com’s IP addresses.