602Gbps: The attack on the BBC became the strongest DDoS attack in history
New World Hacking, a hacker organization claiming to be responsible for the BBC attack, revealed that the intensity of the DDoS attack on the BBC has reached 602GBps, which will become The most intense DDoS attack in history.
On December 31, 2015, due to a severe "Distributed Denial of Service" (DDoS) attack, the BBC website and iPlayer service were forced to go offline (Freebuf related Report). The attack started at 0700 GMT and caused the website to be down for several hours, causing a panic among users on social media.
An anti-ISIS hacker group calling itself New World Hacking claimed that they were responsible for the attacks on the BBC. According to news from the security company Netcraft, the BBC failure lasted more than an hour. Finally, with the support of Akamai, the BBC network service was restored.
The attack intensity reached 602Gbps, just for marketing purposes?
According to a blog post published by the BBC, the New World Hacking hackers claimed that their attack was only a "test of attack capability" (Freebuf related reports).
These hackers claimed that the intensity of this DDoS attack has reached 602Gbps. This is an amazing network traffic, almost twice the intensity of the strongest attack in history. The last attack was launched by Arbor Networks last year, and the intensity reached 334Gbps.
Product Marketing Director Paul Nicholson explained on A10 Networks:
"Some of the information needs to be confirmed. It is confirmed that this will be the largest attack in history. However, it depends on whether it is actually confirmed because it is still a relatively recent attack."
The worst aspect of this incident is that according to The New World Hacking hacking organization claimed that this DDoS attack on the BBC was only "a test." According to Nicholson, the hacker group chose the BBC as its target for marketing purposes. Experts speculate that the group intends to advertise their online DDoS tool BangStresser, which provides attack services.
Legal DDoS service suspected of being abused
BangStresser is not the only tool used to provide DDoS services. Last year, hackers organized by Lizard Squad used another tool called Lizard Stresser to compromise the PlayStation and Xbox networks (Freebuf related reports). The well-known security expert Brian Krebs and a research team found that Lizard Stresser DDoS tool relies on the victim's home router (Freebuf related reports).
Experts at A10 Networks believe that there are many similarities between the two tools, but in this attack on the BBC, the other attack environment seems very strange; New World Hacking claims to be launched using Amazon servers s attack. Nicholson speculated that some legitimate DDoS attack services may have been abused. Nicholson explained: "Some DDoS services are used to provide useful services to websites to see if their websites can handle high load situations. Some of these services are very cheap and configurable. For example, you Different attacks can be launched at different times, so it is difficult to defend against such attacks."
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