Vast DDoS Attack Hits DNS Platform

Monday, February 24, 2014 @ 06:02 PM gHale

A huge distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack hit the DNS platform of domain registrar and web hosting company Namecheap.

System disruptions first came to the fore at 11:11 a.m. Thursday. The attack ended up mitigated three hours later, company officials said.

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The attackers targeted the company’s Free DNS and Default v2 nameservers. All customers using and suffered in the attack.

In a statement posted on the company’s status page, Namecheap Chief Executive Richard Kirkendall and Vice President Matt Russell explained the attack targeted around 300 domains on the DNS platform.

“Our DNS platform is a redundant, global platform spread across 3 continents and 5 countries that handles the DNS for many of our customers. This is a platform meticulously maintained and run, and a platform that successfully fends off other DDoS attacks on an almost-daily basis,” they said.

“Today, however, I am compelled to announce that we struggled. The sheer size of the attack overwhelmed many of our DNS servers resulting in inaccessibility and sluggish performance. Our initial estimates show the attack size to be over 100Gbps, making this one of the largest attacks anyone has seen or dealt with.”

Kirkendall and Russell said this was a “new type of attack,” which their network partners and hardware had not seen before.

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