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DDoS Record Broken Again as Memcached Attack Hits 1.7 Tbps

March 06, 2018 / Sean Michael Kerner

Days after a massive 1.35 Tbps DDoS attack against GitHub, an even larger attack reported at 1.7 Tbps by Netscout Arbor emerges to become the largest DDoS yet. The size of massive distributed denial-of-service attacks continues to grow, hitting yet another new high on March 5, with a report of a 1.7-Tbps attack. The attack was reported by Netscout Arbor and came just four short days after the March 1 report of the then largest DDoS attack at 1.35 Tbps against GitHub. Both of the record breaking DDoS attacks were enabled via improperly configured memcached servers that reflected attack traffic, amplifying the total volume. "The attack was targeted to a single customer of the service provider," Carlos Morales, vice president of Arbor's Security Engineering and Response Team, told eWEEK. "There is no indication that there were any demands."