Google has released a formal statement that it has one of the largest Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS) for one its customers, thus avoiding large scale disruption and downtime that could have lasted for days.
“It was a Layer 7 DDoS attack and was observed to have been 76% larger than the previous one that was recorded last year”, said Google. The internet juggernaut added that the attack’s time frame lasted for about 69 minutes. But was observed to be diminishing as the time after the attack prolonged, matching the vector of Meris Family of attacks.
As the customer deployed Google Cloud Armor in the server environments, all the recorded data is available for analysis, to those interested.
Surprisingly, the attack grew from just 100,000 Requests Per Second (RPS) to 46 million RPS in a couple of minutes and was shielded well to keep other application workloads normal.
The technology giant of America is urging all its customers to deploy defense strategies to the depth, so that it can shield the infrastructure from such threats that could spell a doom on the business on a permanent note.
NOTE 1- A denial of service attack or a distributed denial of service attack is an event where a website gets bombarded with fake web traffic, thus blocking the actual traffic from accessing the server.
NOTE 2- Google has withheld the name of the customer that experienced the attack for reasons.
NOTE 3- Google Cloud Armor Protection is a software tool that detects and analyzes a digital attack in a proactive way and applies pre-determined protective rules to mitigate the risks.