Do you remember the holiday season of 2014, when the mysterious “Lizard Squad” spoiled the Christmas for many PlayStation Network and XBox Live subscribers? It laid a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on the gaming giant, and got away with it for awhile, until 50,700 charges were laid.
This October, some the biggest websites and online service providers in the world went offline. Twitter, Reddit, GitHub, AirBNB and a host of other companies were essentially out of business for a few hours.
The culprit: a massive Distributed Denial of Service attack against a key infrastructure provider. (more…)