back to article Cloudflare says it thwarted record-breaking HTTPS DDoS flood

Cloudflare said it this month staved off another record-breaking HTTPS-based distributed denial-of-service attack, this one significantly larger than the previous largest DDoS attack that occurred only two months ago. In April, the biz said it mitigated an HTTPS DDoS attack that reached a peak of 15.3 million requests-per- …

  1. sitta_europea Silver badge

    I sort of understand requests per second.

    I sort of understand terabits per second.

    I have no idea how to compare one with the other in the context of this report.

    Please help.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Typically you set a reference for the target server speed and ramp up the connections calculating the response delays. It's really that simple per request type so it's all basic math using hit or miss style requests, so bits or bytes doesn't mean anything if you're not attempting to calculate the confusion you're causing the server. DDoS is very simple to do effectively and since there's all types of requests on a typical server (html, SQL, ssh, etc.), there's a lot of variables to play with to pull it down.You can also attack the network controller directly (I've never done it) and apparently these "Smart" nics can help on the defense (only read that, I have no proof).

      In non-related news, 26 million Cloudfare VPS's went dark.

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