SECURITY BLOG KrebsOnSecurity is back up and running following last week's mammoth denial-of-service attack, thanks to the help of Google's Project Shield.
Brian Krebs' blog was struck by one of the biggest DDoS attacks on record last week. The attack began around 8pm ET on 20 September, and initial reports put it at approximately 665Gbps.
"Additional analysis on the attack traffic suggests the assault was closer to 620Gbps in size, but in any case this is many orders of magnitude more traffic than is typically needed to knock most sites offline," Krebs said at the time.
The attack prompted cloud service provider Akamai to promptly wash its hands of the website and leave it floating in the wild. The firm explained that the largest attack the company had seen previously was 363Gbps.
"It's looking likely that KrebsOnSecurity will be offline for a while. Akamai's kicking me off their network tonight," Krebs said in a tweet.
"I can't really fault Akamai for their decision. I likely cost them a ton of money today. So long everyone. It's been real."
Google has since come to Krebs' rescue, thanks to its Project Shield programme that helps protect independent journalists and activists' websites from censorship.
We don't know the full story, but it's believed that the attack on KrebsOnSecurity was in response to his recent reporting on a website called vDOS, a service that allegedly carries out cyber attacks on behalf of paying customers.
"I am happy to report that the site is back up, this time under Project Shield, a free programme run by Google to help protect journalists from online censorship," Krebs said in a blog post.
"And make no mistake: DDoS attacks, particularly those the size of the assault that hit my site this week, are uniquely effective weapons for stomping on free speech. " µ
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