Cloudflare saves Crypto Platform from a Record DDoS Invasion

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Key Takeaways:

  • The cyber security company, Cloudflare mitigates a huge HTTP attack. 
  • The attack was the first of its kind and was detected automatically by Cloudflare’s system. 

Crypto frauds and invasions are a common sight in the market these days. It becomes very hard to mitigate such attacks. However, on April 28, the American internet security company, Cloudflare was able to blow off such a threat against a crypto platform. The attack could have been massive and was one of its kind. It recorded 15.3 million requests per second of volumetric Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS). 

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Though this happened in early April, the cybersecurity company revealed this on April 27. The target was a customer of the company who was on the Professional (Pro), a “cryptocurrency launchpad” that was tasked to display Defi projects to future investors. Cloud Clare reported that they noticed that attacks emerged from several data centers around the world. Though it lasted only for a few seconds, it was bought into action from a botnet that has over 6,000 unique bots. 

This is the biggest attack on HTTPS Cloudflare and was initiated in more than 112 countries. Its major initiation point was Indonesia which was followed by Russia, Brazil, India, Colombia, and the United States. Some of the major networks including Telkomnet-AS-AP, OVH, Azteca Comunicaciones Columbia, and Hetzner Online GmbH also got involved. The team says that they have seen many unencrypted HTTP attacks in the past but none of them involved such immense resources. 

After reports were released, there were chances of Cloudflare’s customers doubting their safety. To rule out any such speculation, the cyber security company has assured that all their users are protected against the botnet. Thus, they do not need to take any precautionary measures. The same happened with this attack. Cloudflare already operates “software-defined systems” that function autonomously. Therefore, this attack was detected automatically and mitigated without any delay. 

To explain the matter further, the Cloudflare team explains, “Our system starts by sampling traffic asynchronously; it then analyzes the samples and applies litigation when needed.” The analysis of the sample is done using data streaming algorithms, and if deemed necessary a mitigation action is “compiled and pushed inline.” 

What is Cloudflare?

Cloudflare is a content security platform that excels in DDoS protection. It acts as a reverse proxy between client and the internet. Earlier it protected The Spamhaus Project from a 300 gigabit attack and again did something similar in 2014 in an NTP Reflection Attack.

These incidents show that Cloudflare is proficient in its job since inception. Further many attacks go unnoticed. Such incidents show the importance of a system especially like Cloudflare to protect crypto exchanges, websites and many other platforms.

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Shreya Bhattacharya
Shreya Bhattacharya

A journalist & writer exploring new topics every day!

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