Microsoft breaks a record as it deals with a 3.47 Tbps DDoS attack on Azure servers

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  • Microsoft has managed to set a new record after mitigating a DDoS attack
  • The origin of the cyber-attacks came from 10, 000 sources with most of them being in Asia
  • Currently. Microsoft has managed to hold the top position for curbing the most damaging DDos attack although there are other bigger ones worthy of mention
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Albeit unintentionally, Microsoft broke a new record when it managed to curb a 3.47 Tbps DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack that happened last November.

Consequently, the company has shared the Azure DDoS data for Q3 2021 in a blog post where Microsoft said it experienced an increase in the amount of DDoS attacks in the latter half of 2021.

Attack services are available for cheap, so a lot of people use the hacker method called Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) when they want to mess with websites.

Increased mitigation

Microsoft mitigated an average of 1,955 attacks per day in the second half of 2021, a 40% increase from the attacks happening per day in the first half of that year.

However, that was dwarfed by the 4,296 attacks mitigated on August 10, 2021. The company blocked 359,713 unique attacks during the second half of the same year.

While Microsoft was setting a new record with Azure servers, the company also defended against a DDoS attack that reached a peak of 3.47 Tbps and an average of 340 million packets per second.

The cyberwarfare attack originated from over 10,000 sources globally and included countries such as Taiwan, Indonesia, Iran, Vietnam, India, Thailand, Russia, South Korea, China, and the United States.

Additionally, the company experienced two more attacks in December with a combined throughput of 2.5 Tbps. Both attacks were in Asia.

More attacks in Asia

Microsoft also said it saw a sharp increase in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in East Asia last year, including India and Hong Kong.

As gaming has become more popular, particularly in countries such as Hong Kong and South Korea, the increase in attacks can be viewed as a direct response to this growing trend.

Meanwhile, in India, the rise in digital adoption has exposed the country to cyber risks.

Microsoft now holds the record for mitigating the most damaging DDoS attack, but there have been other large-scale DDoS attacks in recent years that are worth noting.

Some of the attacks include the 2017 attack that was curbed by the reliability team from Google with a 2.54Tpbs throughput and the Amazon Web Service’s 2020 attack with a 2.3Tbps throughout.

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