Google could be behind this biggest cyber attack of all time

GitHub's code hosting website hit with the largest-ever distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that peaked at record 1.35 Tbps. Google could be behind this biggest cyber attack of all time.

Posted 9 months ago in International, updated 9 months ago.

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On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, GitHub's code hosting website hit with the largest-ever distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that peaked at record 1.35 Tbps. Interestingly, attackers did not use any botnet network,

According to what GitHub revealed, the attackers took over a memory system known as ‘memcaching’ and amplified the volume of data by 51,000 times. This means with every byte of data sent by the attacker, 51KB was sent to the target. The most surprising was the traffic hitting the platform at 1.35 TB per second at its peak.

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"The attack originated from over a thousand different autonomous systems (ASNs) across tens of thousands of unique endpoints.” During the incident, the company sought outside help from Akamai, the cloud services provider, which took over some traffic and provided additional network capacity. The attack lasted eight minutes. GitHub said that at no point was its customers' data at risk. Github said it was down on February 28 from 5:21 pm to 5:26 pm UTC (1:21 am to 1:26 am of March 1, Manila time). Then it became only intermittently unavailable from 5:26 pm to 5:30 pm UTC (1:26 pm to 1:30 pm on March 1, Manila time).

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Github added it was "investigating the use of our monitoring infrastructure to automate enabling DDoS mitigation providers." By doing so, it hopes to measure and likely improve its response times and hasten the recovery process from an attack. Another similar attack by DDoS occurred last month when the website of the national tax office in the Netherlands went offline. The DDoS attack had targeted the country’s largest banks like ABN Amro, ING, and Rabobank.

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The US Director of National Intelligence, Daniel Coats made the comments during a hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee:
“The intelligence chief cited DDoS attacks among a list of actions he expects North Korea to use against the US for offensive operations.” Bret, a GitHub user commented on a social media.


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