Attackers leveled a massive distributed denial-of-service attack against a specific website in early June, topping a bandwidth of 1.44 terabits-per-second and 385 million packets-per-second, the largest volumetric attack encountered by Internet infrastructure firm Akamai.
Akamai said a second attack topped 500 gigabits-per-second and targeted a different site at the same provider. While the company would not give more details about the targeted sites, Akamai believes the attacker focused on the websites for a “social” reason, and the hosting provider was not the actual target, says Roger Barranco, vice president of global security operations for Akamai.
The sheer variety of data types used in the attack, along with signs of significant coordination, suggests a knowledgeable attacker, he says.
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