Chad Seaman is a self-proclaimed “Internet Dumpster Diver” and lover/loather of cybercrime, with a specific interest in DDoS and botnets. Spending his time in the proverbial internet trenches he can be found poking malware with sharp sticks, knocking on foreign ports, and befriending botnet control infrastructure. His role on the Akamai SIRT team covers a wide range of responsibilities and projects such as incident management, security research, attack analysis, honey potting, malware analysis, botnet tracking, and a never-ending quest to break things for fun and profit.
The opinions expressed in this blog are those of Chad Seaman and do not necessarily represent those of IDG Communications, Inc., its parent, subsidiary or affiliated companies.
On February 28, Akamai recorded a 1.35 Tbps DDoS attack driven by a relatively new vector, memcached reflection. Memcached can have an amplification factor of roughly 500,000 times larger than the initial query, which allows small set of exposed mach...