Google, the internet juggernaut, has announced that it has blocked the biggest DDoS Cyber Attack ever recorded till date on its servers. The Alphabet Inc’s subsidiary said that it has thwarted a major denial of services attack worth 2.5 Tbps in September 2017 where hackers tried to bombard the servers of the tech giant with the help of thousands of IP addresses easily slipping past automated defenses.
In what is known to Cybersecurity Insiders, the attacker used multiple networks to target over 180,000 exposed CLDAP, DNS, and SMTP Servers with 167 Mbps network responses- thus enabling the IP addresses to send a large set of responses to Google servers.
Google admitted that this was could be the first largest Distributed denial of service attack followed by the Mirai Botnet attack of 623 Gbps launched a year earlier.
“As hackers are getting sophisticated each year, it will be hard to estimate at what capacity will be the next attack”, says Google.
Meanwhile, in a separate bulletin, Google said that it is working with the whole of the web community to thwart such attacks in near future and if possible neutralize the infrastructure from which the cyber attacks are being launched.
The Sundar Pichai led company has also announced its plan to discontinue its emergency location sharing app dubbed ‘Trusted Contacts’ from December this year. To support this, Google has pulled down the app from its PlayStore and is urging its users to test its Maps feature that could prove more helpful in tracking down loved ones during an emergency situation.
Wonder why Google released these details now….?