Brian Krebs’ Blog Hit by 665 Gbps DDoS Attack
Investigative cybercrime journalist Brian Krebs reported on Tuesday that his website, KrebsOnSecurity.com, was hit by a massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack that could be the largest in history.
According to Krebs, his site was targeted with various types of DDoS attacks, including SYN and HTTP floods. The attack peaked at 665 Gbps and 143 Mpps (million packets per second), but it was successfully mitigated by Akamai, the company that provides DDoS protection services for KrebsOnSecurity.
Holy moly. Prolexic reports my site was just hit with the largest DDOS the internet has ever seen. 665 Gbps. Site’s still up. #FAIL
— briankrebs (@briankrebs) September 21, 2016
Krebs believes that the botnet used to target his blog mostly consists of Internet of Things (IoT) devices, such as webcams and routers, that have default or weak credentials.
Akamai told Krebs that this attack was nearly twice the size of the largest attack they had previously encountered. It’s worth noting that Arbor Networks reported in January that some of its customers had been hit by attacks that peaked at 500, 450 and 425 Gbps.
As for Brian Krebs, it’s not unusual for the journalist to be targeted by the cybercriminals he is trying to expose. Earlier this month, he reported being hit by a 140 Gbps DDoS attack after exposing two Israeli individuals allegedly responsible for operating a booter service called vDOS.
Just before the latest attack, Krebs detailed the activities of a DDoS mitigation firm called BackConnect, which he discovered has a history of BGP hijacks and ties to questionable individuals.
DDoS attacks are the least of Krebs’ worries. In the past, he was a victim of swatting and had drugs sent to his home by the individuals he had been investigating. On Wednesday, in addition to DDoS attacks, the blogger said the attackers had been trying to flood his Skype account with requests and his email inbox with subscriptions.
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September 21, 2016 at 01:26AM