Cybersecurity threats have exponentially in the last few years. Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), a form of a cybersecurity threat, has impacted businesses of all sizes, thus causing breaching user trust. To ensure there are no outages, Google is always on the line trying to protect consumers all across the globe.
The tech giant revealed that its infrastructure had successfully absorbed a massive 2.5Tbps DDoS in September 2017, the highest-bandwidth attack reported to date. Google stops the biggest cyber-attack which was considered to be a result of a six-month campaign that comprised several different methods of attacks. It is believed that the attack came from China, having originated from within the network of four Chinese internet service providers (ASNs 4134, 4837, 58453, and 9394).
The attacker took the support of several different networks to take off 167 Mbps (millions of packets per second) to 180,000 exposed CLDAP, DNS, and SMTP servers, which had then sent large responses to Google. Google clarified that the supposed attack validates the volumes a well-equipped attacker can achieve.
This attack is four times larger than the record-breaking 623 Gbps attack from the Mirai botnet that occurred in 2016. Google further added, “Despite simultaneously targeting thousands of our IPs, presumably in hopes of slipping past automated defenses, the attack had no impact.”
Despite keeping the attack secret for three years, Google divulged the details to raise awareness of an increasing trend of nation-state hacker groups molesting DDoS attacks to dislocate targets.
DDOS Attacks Steal Personal Information
(DDoS) the attack is a malicious attempt by a web attacker to disturb normal traffic to a web property. The goal is to render the website or service inoperable which the attacker aims to achieve overwhelming the online business with more traffic than the server or network can accommodate.
“Some attacks may not even focus on a specific target, but instead attack every IP in a network. Multiplying the dozens of attack types by the diversity of infrastructure that must be defended leads to endless possibilities,” Google explained. it further said that the main task is to fix the capacity needed to endure the largest DDoS attacks for each key metric.
Google stops the biggest cyber attack as these are illegal. The attacker usually targets a wide variety of important resources, including banks, news websites, and prevents them from accessing confidential information. They do so by spreading malicious software through emails, websites, and social media.
To curb the illegal cyber attacks, the tech giant recently launched Cloud Armor Managed Protection to help protect your applications and websites against denial of service and web attacks. The protection plan also provides DDoS protection and WAF at Google scale.
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