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Cloudflare Sees Largest DDoS Attack Ever

With a peak of no less than 7.1 million requests per second, Cloudflare saw the largest denial of service attack ever on its network last weekend. The attack targeted several targets.

Cloudflare is a service that protects websites or internet services against unwanted traffic, such as a DDoS attack. The company’s blog writes that last weekend saw attacks of 50-70 million RPS (requests per second). The peak was 7.1 million RPS.

According to Cloudflare, that is a new record. The previous record was set in June 2022 and was at 46 million RPS, 35 percent lower than what passed last weekend.

DDoS stands for distributed denial of service and is a brutal way to bring down websites or services. The idea is to have as many devices as possible go to a certain site or service so that it can no longer process the traffic and the service goes down. Such attacks are often not intended to get into anything, but they often make the service unusable, which can sometimes cause damage or loss of income.

Cloudflare says the attacks originated from about 30,000 different IP addresses coming from different providers, and it is working with those providers to contain the botnet responsible for the attack.

According to Cloudflare, several targets, including a gaming provider, cryptocurrency companies, hosting providers and cloud hosting platforms, had to deal with the large-scale attack. Additionally, there would be no link to popular events such as the Super Bowl in the US or the Killnet DDoS campaign that was recently conducted.

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