Hosting Provider Hit With Largest-Ever DDoS Attack

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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.

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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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