Not Just Krebs: Massive DDoS Attacks Seen Across Hosting Industry

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An absolutely massive DDoS attack that reached 665 Gbps in size has hit the website of a prominent cybersecurity journalist, forcing Akamai to drop Brian Krebs’ website, Krebs on Security, from its Prolexic DDoS mitigation service.

Huge DDoS attacks have been seen across the hosting industry this week, reportedly hitting OVH and Cogent, which to Krebs suggests that “whoever built this DDoS cannon has been testing it.” At the time of publication, Krebs on Security remains offline.

Over on Web Hosting Talk, Swiftnode lists a number of DDoS attacks, some of which are being claimed by LizardSquad/PoodleCorp. But a report by Motherboard said that the DDoS attack targeting Krebs is “almost certainly linked to a DDoS-for-hire service called vDOS” likely in retribution for a Krebs report on vDOS that resulted in the arrests of two Israeli nationals. Krebs told Motherboard that the DDoS attack has been a “very effective form of censorship” because he has had to spend more time on the technical side of things, rather than being able to focus on his work.

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  1. People need some more productive hobbies.