Recently an unnamed Microsoft Azure client was targeted with a deep DDoS attack at 2.4 terabytes per second. Fortunately, the cloud service was able to fend off the attack, and despite its severity, the client site was not affected.
Azure caters to huge household names such as Ubisoft, eBay, Samsung, Boeing… even Taipei City Council Depends on cloud data service. As such, we are happy to hear that the attacks were unsuccessful.
The charge came in the form of a User Datagram Protocol (UDP) flood, where attackers target random host ports with IP packets in order to overwhelm their network and force sites to go offline.
The snooping — which originated from about 70,000 sources across the USA, Vietnam and Taiwan, among other countries — lasted just 10 minutes. But each short ball took just seconds to reach heights of 2.4 Tbps, 0.55 Tbps, and 1.7 Tbps (via the edge).
This puts it in an inferior position as the most powerful barrage Azure has ever had to contend with, 140% higher than the company. DDoS Attack of 2020.
that Announcement from Microsoft Azure Notes: “Attacks of this scale demonstrate the ability of malicious actors to wreak havoc by flooding targets with massive traffic volumes in an attempt to throttle network capacity.
“However, Azure’s DDoS protection platform, built on distributed DDoS detection and mitigation pipelines, can absorb tens of terabytes of DDoS attacks.”
Makes a nice change to report an attack that has been avoided, rather than one that causes a major catastrophe. But as always, this is a scary reminder that cybercrime won’t go away or stop anytime soon.
It will continue to evolve, as we know: “All things change in a dynamic environment. Your effort to stay the way you are is what limits you.” Regardless of Ghost in the Shell quotes, be sure to keep up to date with your best cybersecurity practices. Stay safe there.