Russian software giant Yandex pushes back biggest DDoS attack in history
Russian software giant Yandex confirmed late last week that it was successful in fending off a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack that took place last month and earlier this month, saying it it was the biggest attack of its kind. in history. One of the products marketed by the company is a protection service against such attacks.
According to an official statement from the company, the attack – in which malicious actors attempted to flood the computer system with unusually high traffic volumes so that it would not be able to cope with the breadth of data – began in August and hit an all-time high last week on September 5.
“Our experts were able to fend off a record-breaking attack of nearly 22 million requests per second (RPS). This is the largest known attack in Internet history,” Yandex said. He also provided a breakdown of the stats: RPS 5.3 million on August 7, RPS 9.6 million on August 29, and RPS 21.8 million on September 5.
The company estimates that it has been attacked by more than 200,000 bots working as part of a network, which has been named “Meris” (which means “plague” in Latvian) because, according to the company, the botnet works through compromised devices of Latvian communications equipment. MikroTik company. In recent weeks, there have been devastating DDoS attacks in New Zealand, the United States and Russia, all attributed to the Meris botnet, according to the company’s statement.
The botnet was first spotted in June. In August, network infrastructure company Cloudfare announced that it had fought back a DDoS attack from Meris that hit RPS 17.2 million, nearly three times the largest attack it had ever seen, according to the society. Popular cybersecurity blog Krebs on Security reported on Friday that it had also been attacked by the botnet.