DDoS-type cyber attacks are an everyday practice and large cloud companies such as Amazon or Microsoft are prepared (as well as used) to deal with them. And precisely Microsoft has revealed that not long ago it managed to mitigate the largest DDoS attack in history.
This attack occurred in late August 2021 and the target was an Azure platform user located in Europe. In total, a peak of data 2.4 Tbps (terabytes per second), whose origin was more than 70,000 sources located in different Asian countries such as Japan, China, Vietnam and Malaysia, as well as the United States.
According to Microsoft, this attack is 140 percent higher than the maximum previously recorded in its Azure cloud, which occurred in 2020 and which had a peak of 1 Tbps of data. And also super the largest Amazon record, which in mid-2020 mitigated a 2.3 Tbps attack on its Amazon Web Services platform.
“Attacks of this size demonstrate the ability of some malicious entities to cause chaos with gigantic amounts of traffic that can break any network infrastructure,” they write on the official Azure site. Fortunately, platforms like Microsoft’s or AWS itself are prepared to absorb this traffic and protect the target users from the attack.
During the pandemic, experts detected an increase in denial of service attacks: more than 10 million in 2020 alone and many of them targeting e-commerce companies or healthcare organizations. And if it is about countries and origins, China, the United States and Malaysia are on the podium of nations from where more attacks of this type are carried out.