Microsoft mitigated a 2.4 Tbps DDoS attack, one of the largest ever recorded

zakislam

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What just happened? Microsoft has revealed it was able to mitigate a 2.4 terabits per second (Tbps) DDoS attack targeting one of its customers using the firm's Azure cloud computing service. In doing so, the tech giant successfully fended off what is one of the largest distributed denial-of-service attacks ever recorded.

Amir Dahan, a senior program manager at Azure Networking, detailed how the attack that took place at the end of August was conducted. The attack was comprised of approximately 70,000 "sources" from the Asia-Pacific region including Malaysia, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, and China. The U.S. was also mentioned as a country that was involved in some capacity.

The huge DDoS attack was delivered in three short bursts within a period that lasted more than 10 minutes. The first wave came in strong at 2.4 Tbps, the second at 0.55 Tbps, and finally the third at 1.7 Tbps.

A DDoS attack aims to immerse a website or service with traffic to a level so high it simply can't handle, effectively forcing the target to go offline. They're carried out by a network consisting of machines that have been infected with malware, consequently allowing an attacker to control it remotely.

Despite the record-setting size of the attack, Microsoft confirmed it couldn't penetrate their infrastructure thanks to its distributed mitigation capacity, which can "massively scale to absorb the highest volume of DDoS threats." Azure's protection platform is capable of taking on tens of terabits of DDoS attacks without it affecting customers.

Dahan said the largest DDoS attack prior to this announcement was a 1 Tbps attack that occurred last year during Q3 2020. This year, although it's reported a 25 percent increase in the number of attacks compared to Q4 2020, Microsoft's cloud platform Azure didn't experience a DDoS attack exceeding 625 Mbps in the first half of 2021.

Preventing the second largest DDoS attack ever recorded isn't too bad of a selling point for potential Microsoft clients. But the accolade of the largest attack averted on record belongs to Google, which mitigated a 2.54 Tbps hit in 2017.

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Bullwinkle M

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OMG OMG OMG, NOBODY CARES!

You just need to improve your A.I.

I keep trying to block all the advertising and close all the Microsoft backdoors but your A.I. still doesn't get the clue

FIX IT!
 

psycros

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I have to assume that these huge attacks are all about blacking out Internet monitoring companies while target systems are being hacked, the intent being to make forensic analysis more difficult. Otherwise DDoS is nothing but a stunt and brief annoyance. Sure, it may cost Google or similar outfits a few hundred mil but that's nothing to the giant online players and regular consumers won't shed a tear. Of course I might be missing something obvious (or not so obvious).
 

VitalyT

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When an article like this appears without any information as to the criminals behind the attack and what's being done against it, you know it is a paid PR. After all, the source article comes from Microsoft Azure website. And reading how Microsoft is tapping itself on the shoulder for well-done-me, is just crap.
 

VitalyT

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If I'd setup a network so robust it withstood the second biggest DDoS attack ever recorded, I'd be patting myself on the back as well tbf.
Yeah, because self-pride is a primordial thing...

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brucek

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I have to assume that these huge attacks are all about blacking out Internet monitoring companies while target systems are being hacked, the intent being to make forensic analysis more difficult. Otherwise DDoS is nothing but a stunt and brief annoyance. Sure, it may cost Google or similar outfits a few hundred mil but that's nothing to the giant online players and regular consumers won't shed a tear. Of course I might be missing something obvious (or not so obvious).
My guess is it's just like real world crime: while some of it is the exquisite work of a master jewel thief, a lot of it is stupid actions from stupid people for stupid reasons. It doesn't help when any child with a grievance can rent a DDoS service for a few bucks.
 

Aceseven

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If I'd setup a network so robust it withstood the second biggest DDoS attack ever recorded, I'd be patting myself on the back as well tbf.
As someone who plays ff14 hearing about this is pretty cool, ddos attacks are some of the most annoying bs a group can pull, so yeah a bit of bragging is due.

but also, these days you cant brag...cause you'll hurt someones feelings yknow.
 

captaincranky

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Yeah, because self-pride is a primordial thing.
Speaking of "primordial self pride and assertion as an alpha", isn't that what 15" subwoofers are for.? We no longer have to beat on our own chests, we have 1,000 watt amplifiers to do it for us.
 
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