Akamai has mitigated a new DDoS attack recordSecurity Affairs

Akamai announced that it recently blocked a new record-breaking Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack.

On Monday, September 12, 2022, Akamai neutralized the largest DDoS attack to ever hit any of its European customers. Malicious traffic peaked at 704.8 Mpps and appears to be from the same threat actor behind the previous record Akamai blocked in July that hit the same customer.

The following table comparing the two massive DDoS attacks, it is possible to verify that while in July the number of cumulative attacks was 75, in September it rose to 201.

July attack September attack
peak pps 659.6 Mpps 704.8 Mpps
Cumulative attacks 75 201
Targeted IPs 512 1813
Vector UDP UDP
Distribution 1 slot 6 pitches
Date of attack July 21, 2022 September 12, 2022
Main scouring locations HKG, LON, TYO HKG, TYO, LON

Unlike the attack in July, this time the attackers launched the attack against six data center locations from Europe to North America.

“On Monday, September 12, 2022, Akamai successfully detected and mitigated the largest DDoS attack ever against a European customer on the Prolexic platform, with attack traffic surging to 704.8 Mpps in an aggressive attempt to cripple business operations of the organization. ” reads the analysis published by Akamai. “The attackers’ command and control system was quick to activate the multicast attack, which grew in 60 seconds from 100 to 1,813 active IPs per minute. These IP addresses were distributed across eight separate subnets in six separate locations.

Akamai applauded its customer’s approach to mitigating DDoS attacks, after July’s attack it had secured all of its 12 data centers.

“Having a proven DDoS mitigation strategy and platform in place is imperative to protecting your business from downtime and disruption,” the security firm concludes.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(Security cases hacking, hacking)

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