Popular cache utility exploited for massive reflected DoS attacks

Using memcached? Get it behind the firewall and turn off UDP if you want to live

By Richard Chirgwin

Attackers have discovered a new amplified denial-of-service attack vector, and have launched attacks reaching hundreds of gigabits per second in Asia, North America and Europe.

Former Internet Systems Consortium CEO and now Akamai principal architect Barry Raveendran Greene has detailed the reflected DOS attack on his blog and explained it can make it look like the incoming traffic comes from a service provider’s router.

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Source: http://www.theregister.co.uk/