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Massive Denial-of-Service Attack Hits CloudFlare

CloudFlare, a US-based provider of distributed denial-of-service attack-protection services, itself became the target of the world’s largest DoS attack. Hackers struck the company following an attack on one of its customers. CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince said the traffic generated by the attack on CloudFlare was 400 Gbits per second, the largest ever recorded. It also affected other European and US websites and users. The Network Time Protocol reflection attack took advantage of a technology designed to synchronize time settings on computers communicating over the Internet. It used fraudulent synchronization requests that ultimately flooded CloudFlare’s site. (SlashDot)(Ars Technica)(IT News)(Matthew Prince @ Twitter)(CloudFlare)