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Largest DDoS attack ever nails company that protects against DDoS attacks

12
Feb
2014

A company that is supposed to protect against DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks just suffered what appears to be the largest one ever. According to IT News, CloudFlare, a content delivery network and security provider, said that the attack reached over 400 Gbps at its peak, 100 Gbps more than the previous record. The attackers appear to have used an increasingly popular method called NTP (Network Time Protocol) Reflection, which uses a timing mechanism to greatly amplify the attack. According to security vendor Black Lotus, “100Mbps of spoofed NTP traffic can cause 5.8Gbps of malicious traffic to strike the spoofed target.” NTP Reflection attacks also conceal who the attackers were because the initial requests are spoofed. CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince is

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