back to article Meet Mantis – the tiny shrimp that launched 3,000 DDoS attacks

The botnet behind the largest-ever HTTPS-based distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attack has been named after a tiny shrimp. Cloudflare said it thwarted the 26 million request per second (rps) attack last month, and we're told the biz has been tracking the botnet ever since. Now, the internet infrastructure company has given …

  1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    So, now they attack via HTTPS

    Apparently, these state-sponsored hackers (looking at you, Putin) will just continue to evolve their tech in order to fuck things up to the max.

    It's really too bad clearly intelligent people use their knowledge like that.

    1. b0llchit Silver badge

      Re: So, now they attack via HTTPS

      But intelligent people can and will behave as children.

      Cooperation is only opportune when we see a benefit. So is destroying other's "stuff", which can be just as opportune for your benefit.

      Many societies have evolved rules to smooth out the extremes of opportunistic behaviour. It is usually part of our upbringing. But many societies have also evolved elites who exploit the rules by creating powerful subcultures, who no longer feel bound by the rules and exploit the system for their own benefit. Here the saying "power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely" comes to mind.

  2. Flicker

    For those with long memories, MANTIS was (still is!) the name of one of the first 4GLs (late 70s / early 80s as I recall?) - an early example of "any idiot can write computer applications (and bring the entire system to a grinding halt)" snake oil. Just looked it up and Cincom are still marketing it. Like some other Cincom products it was sort of ahead of its time, overtaken by bigger, meaner competitors (looking at you, Oracle...)

  3. DJV Silver badge


    I was expecting a story about REAL mantis shrimp attacking undersea comms cables in a way that just happened to instigate DDOS attacks.

    Ah well, maybe next week...

  4. Kevin McMurtrie Silver badge

    The target?

    When I read the article, I can't help thinking that the target is Cloudflare. If so, their heroic efforts of protection are a lot less impressive. The serve more than just the good and honest web sites and are notorious for turning a deaf ear towards reports about phishing web sites.

  5. Throatwarbler Mangrove Silver badge
    1. FILE_ID.DIZ
      Thumb Up

      Re: Related

      Thumbs up for The Oatmeal link.

      Their infographic was the first thing that popped in my mind when I was read the word "Mantis" in this article and thought of murder sticks.

POST COMMENT House rules

Not a member of The Register? Create a new account here.

  • Enter your comment

  • Add an icon

Anonymous cowards cannot choose their icon

Other stories you might like