GitHub suffers most powerful DDOS attack in history2018-03-02 15:05 by Daniela
Tags: GitHub, DDoS
On Wednesday the code repository GitHub was attacked by a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. It was the most powerful distributed denial of service attack recorded to date—and it used an increasingly popular DDoS method, no botnet required.
The first portion of the attack against the developer platform peaked at 1.35Tbps, and there was a second 400Gbps spike later. Until now, the biggest clocked in at around 1.1Tbps.
"Between 17:21 and 17:30 UTC on February 28th we identified and mitigated a significant volumetric DDoS attack. The attack originated from over a thousand different autonomous systems across tens of thousands of unique endpoints. It was an amplification attack using the memcached-based approach described above that peaked at 1.35Tbps via 126.9 million packets per second," GitHub said.
GitHub briefly struggled with intermittent outages as a digital system assessed the situation. Within 10 minutes it had automatically called for help from its DDoS mitigation service, Akamai Prolexic. Prolexic took over as an intermediary, routing all the traffic coming into and out of GitHub, and sent the data through its scrubbing centers to weed out and block malicious packets. After eight minutes, attackers relented and the assault dropped off.
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