Another Massive DDoS Closes Out 2016, But Mirai Not To Blame

Using a new malware variant called Leet, the 650 Gbps DDoS attack matched Mirai’s floods of traffic.

This past year has been one for the record books when it comes to distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, so it is only proper that 2016 closes out with news of another massive DDoS attack, reported by Imperva researchers. According to them, the Imperva Incapsula network was forced to mitigate a 650 Gbps DDoS attack just a few days before Christmas.

One of the largest DDoS attacks on record, this particular assault is notable because it strayed from the bad guys’ recent DDoS playbook. For much of the year, attackers have been testing the bounds of DDoS traffic-pushing capabilities using the advanced Mirai botnet, which consists of hijacked IoT devices. This time around, Imperva researchers say the holiday attack came at the hands of a new malicious

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