DDoS Attacks: 150Gb Per Second and Rising
Summary: Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, favoured tactic of hacktivists and extortionists alike, are getting bigger, more numerous, and even smarter.
On this week’s Patch Monday podcast (on Tuesday, thanks to yesterday’s public holiday across most of Australia) you’ll hear an overview of the current trends in DDoS.
“Certainly, attacks are on the increase, and the size of attacks are also increasing,” said Alex Caro, Akamai Technologies’ chief technology officer and vice-president of services for Asia Pacific and Japan.
Akamai saw DDoS attacks against their customers double in number between 2010 and 2011, and the company expects this trend to continue for 2012.
“The biggest attack that we’ve seen is around 150 gigabits per second, and we expect much larger attacks in the future,” Caro said.
But even that level of malicious traffic is easily absorbed, he said.
“Today, we’re probably serving eight, maybe ten terabits per second of traffic at peak, so a 150 gigabit per second denial of service attack is actually fairly small when all is said and done.”
Other attacks seen by Akamai have continued for months.