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French Website Feels Worst DDoS Attack in History

A large Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack hit a French website that reached approximately “400 Gigabits per second (Gbps)“, according to an article published on the ZDNet website. The article outlined that DDoS security companies Arbor Networks and CloudFlare were both in agreement that “the attack reached at least 325Gbps” and that more attacks of this magnitude are to come in the near future.

Arbor Networks’ Director of Solutions Architects Darren Anstee was quoted in the article – confirming their Annual Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report (WISR) – with this statement which says: “The size of attacks in 2013 eclipsed previous peaks by over 200 percent, with the largest reported attack at 309Gbps. Plus, multiple respondents reported attacks larger than 100Gbps — the previous largest attack size. At 325Gbps [this] attack was yet another new milestone. ATLAS also verifies this growth, with more than 8 times the number of attacks over 20Gbps tracked in 2013, as compared to 2012. Larger attacks are becoming more common and network operators need to ensure that they have the people, processes and infrastructure in place to handle large attack volumes before service, potentially for multiple customers, is impacted.

The article continued to quote Anstee by stating, “Arbor Networks is able to confirm that its ATLAS system monitored an attack on Monday February 10, targeting a destination in France, which peaked at 325Gbps. As with other large attacks, a reflection technique appears to have been used to magnify the attacker’s capabilities, leveraging network time protocol (NTP, UDP 123) in this case. There also appear to have been other attacks over the week-end ranging in size from 40-80Gbs, targeting destinations in France.

Read more about this massive attack in the full article at ZDNet and how – according to experts – more attacks like this will reappear in the near future.

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