A few days ago, malware reverse engineering experts from the security firm Akamai managed to mitigate the largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. Such attacks manipulate multiple connected online devices to overwhelm websites with fake traffic. This particular attack was targeted at a major bank in Europe and generated an average of 809 million packets per second (mpps). Researchers who detected the cyberattack mentioned that this is a new record for the industry based on the packet measurement approach per million.
Malware reverse engineering experts mention that these attacks remain one of the main vectors of hacking, posing risks to any private company, public institution or non-governmental organization. The objective of the bit-based DDoS attacker (bps) is to overwhelm network traffic by sending a much larger amount of data than the network can support. On the other hand, a packet-based per-second (pps) attack focuses on the attack against network computers and applications in data centres or Cloud environments.
According to Akamai, this latest attack was clearly optimized to overwhelm DDoS mitigation systems through a high PPS load. The packets sent carried a 1-byte payload (for a total packet size of 29 with IPv4 headers), making it look like any other of its several billion peers.