DDoS Attack Hits 400 Gbit/s, Breaks Record

A distributed denial-of-service NTP reflection attack was reportedly 33% bigger than last year's attack against Spamhaus.

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User Rank: Apprentice
3/15/2014 | 11:49:53 PM
Cloudflare/OVH karma IHMO
Ic ouldn't help but chuckle in reading this. Cloudflare and OVH have beent he most unrepentant spam factories that I've had to deal with in the last 12 months. If they kicked spammers off their networks as soon as they were reported, I'd bet dollars against donuts that their customers wouldn't be the targets of massive DDOS attacks. Internet users loathe spammers and the hosts that profiteer off of the time wasted cleaning crap out of inboxes and malware off of their systems, and it's thoroughly unsurprising that someone with some advanced skills has been pissed off enough to do something about it.
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2/19/2014 | 7:38:04 PM
Network Time's explanation of what happened
If you haven't had a chance to read Network Time Foundation's response to the DRDoS attacks, take a moment to do so, and learn how to stop these attacks in their tracks here:
User Rank: Apprentice
2/13/2014 | 4:10:27 AM
Re: Highly unlikley
I thought the same thing while I read this. It's an interesting story, but is it just marketing for CloudFlare to promote public image/capabilities? 
User Rank: Apprentice
2/12/2014 | 5:10:42 PM
how to prevent this !
check the below link on how to migitate this attack :
User Rank: Apprentice
2/12/2014 | 9:02:33 AM
Re: Highly unlikley
That's an interesting take on this.  I remember hearing that the last attack did slow traffic around the UK and did in fact DDoS a specific target.  Maybe it's marketing maybe it's FUD but I'm wondering who benefits from this news? Cloudflare?  I thought they had issues during the attacks last year not exactly good marketing.
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2/12/2014 | 6:22:41 AM
Highly unlikley
The last smaphaus "attack" was really a marketing press release based on fake data.  At the time of the attack, the upstream ISP released their MRTG traffic logs - the "attack" was so small, it did not even register any visible blip.

This new report smells even more fishy that the first one.  There aren't that many NTP servers out there, and I monitor spamhaus - it hasn't missed a beat that I've noticed.

Kudos to the marketing genious that obviously just read about NTP amplification, and decided to put this new publicity-raising "advertising" campain!
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