Cloudflare announces that it suffered the biggest DDoS attack in history

Cloudflare, a company that protects millions of websites around the world (including what you’re reading right now) reported this week, it faced the largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on record.

During this attack, Cloudflare claims it received no less than 17.2 million HTTP requests per second.

However, the company is very satisfied, as it claims that was able to mitigate this massive attack thanks to its cutting edge DDoS protection.

To give us an idea of ​​the scale of the attack, Cloudflare says it typically receives around 25 million legitimate requests per second. Therefore, the number of malicious requests accounted for 68% of the average legitimate requests you typically receive.


This DDoS attack appears to have originated in several places around the world, but the vast majority were concentrated in Indonesia (~15%), India, Brazil, Vietnam, etc.


Cloudflare believes the botnet that caused this HTTP flood is the same one that caused another DDoS attack last week. However, this attack was not as powerful as this one as it remained at just under 8 million requests per second.

Although we don’t know who is behind the attacks, The company notes that there is a resurgence of Mirai botnet attacks that infect IoT devices (such as home cameras) and routers. This network is responsible for causing some of the biggest DDoS attacks in history.

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