Cloudflare Eliminates a Massive 2 Tbps DDoS Attack

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Cloudflare, a CDN, and DDoS mitigation service provider said that they eliminated nearly a DDoS attack that peaked nearly 2 Tbps. The company further said that this DDoS attack was the biggest they have ever witnessed.

However, this news comes just one month after Microsoft reported that it has mitigated the biggest DDoS attack ever in August.

Microsoft in its blog post said that the DDoS attack that targeted one of its Azure clients in Europe, peaked at nearly 2.4 Tbps (a record-breaking DDoS attack launched by 70k devices).

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Cloudflare Mitigates a Massive 2 Tbps DDoS attack | Image source: Cloudflare blog

The internet company in its blog post said that the DDoS attack which lasted not more than a minute was executed from nearly 15K bots that run a variant of the original Mirai code on IoT devices and unpatched GitLab instances.

The company analyzed the attack where they found that the attack was a multi-vector DDoS attack with a combination of both DNS amplification attacks as well as the UDP floods.

Though Cloudflare eliminated the DDoS attack within seconds, it warned about the rising trend of DDoS attacks in the last few months while observing several terabit-strong DDoS attacks on its clients in the previous month itself.

Omer Yoachimik, product manager at Cloudflare said that as per the key finding from the company’s Q3 DDoS Trends report, there was a 44% increase in network-layer DDoS attacks quarter-over-quarter.

He further said that the company has experienced several terabits-strong attacks targeting its clients and the fourth quarter isn’t over yet. This shows how increasingly the DDoS attacks are rising.

Meanwhile, Rapid7 advised GitLab users to update to the latest version as soon as possible. Additionally, Rapid7 recommends that users access their GitLab via a VPN.

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