One of the largest distributed denial-of-service attacks (DDoS) ever seen hit the Internet Feb. 11, cloud security vendor CloudFlare reported.
The target was a CloudFlare customer, and the attack appears to have been just shy of 400G bps, Matthew Prince, the company's CEO, told eWEEK. "We're still gathering data from all our upstream providers to get the exact scale."
Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks have scaled up in the past year, according to Arbor Networks' latest Infrastructure Security Report (PDF), and many attackers are learning from each other to meet their objectives.
Those surveyed in the study, around 220 operational security professionals, reported that DDoS attacks are the number one threat against their infrastructure.
Researchers have uncovered a piece of botnet malware that is capable of infecting computers running Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux that have Oracle's Java software framework installed.
The servers for Steam, Origin, Battle.net, and League of Legends were brought down temporarily overnight by apparent DDoS attacks that seem to be related to a swatting attack on an individual known for streaming games. All of those services appear to be working normally as of this writing.
A man from Wisconsin was sentenced for participating in a DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attack by hacker group Anonymous on a Kansas company.
Eric J. Rosol, 38, is said to have admitted that on Feb. 28, 2011, he took part in a denial of service attack for about a minute on a Web page of Koch Industries -- Kochind.com, using software called a Low Orbit Ion Cannon Code, which was loaded on his computer.