Record-breaking DDoS attack unrelated to Killnet – Cloudflare

Cloudflare, a web infrastructure security company, said the record-breaking attack came from numerous cloud providers.

Cloudflare mitigated dozens of hyper-volumetric distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks this weekend, the company said in a blog post.

While most attacks peaked at around 50-70 million requests-per-second (rps), one exceeded 71m rps, snatching the title of the largest attack on record.

“This is the largest reported HTTP DDoS attack on record, more than 35% higher than the previous reported record of 46M rps in June 2022,” Cloudflare said.

The attack targeted Cloudflare-protected websites from over 30,000 IP addresses.

According to the company’s blog, operators behind the attack focused on a popular gaming provider, cryptocurrency companies, hosting providers, and cloud computing platforms. The attacks came from numerous cloud providers.

Cloudflare did not associate the attack with pro-Russian hacktivist group Killnet, which recently targeted NATO’s aid campaign in Turkey and Syria as well as healthcare institutions in the US.

“This campaign of attacks arrives less than two weeks after the Killnet DDoS campaign that targeted healthcare websites. Based on the methods and targets, we do not believe that these recent attacks are related to the healthcare campaign,” the company said.

Even though the wave of DDoS attacks coincided with the NFL’s Super Bowl on February 12, Cloudflare dismissed any relation between the DDoS attack and one of the most watched TV broadcasts in the US.

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