Namecheap hit with one of the largest DDoS attacks

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Namecheap, which is a popular domain registrar, was just recently hit by one of the largest distributed-denial-of-service attacks that has been seen to date.

The attack happened early on Thursday, when around 300 of Namecheap’s domain names were attacked by DDoS attacks, likely causing issues with hundreds of thousands of other domains and also one hell of a day for Namecheap’s staff.

“Today is one of the days that, as a service provider who strives to deliver excellence day in and day out, you wish you never had,” Richard Kirkendall, Namecheap’s CEO  and Matt Russell, their Vice President, said in a blog post.

Despite dealing with Ddos attacks on a very regular basis, they can’t always keep up with all of them.

“The sheer size of the attack overwhelmed many of our DNS servers, resulting in inaccessibility and sluggish performance,” Russell and Kirkendall said in their post. “Our initial estimates show the attack size to be over 100Gbps, making this one of the largest attacks anyone has seen or dealt with. And this is a new type of attack, one that we and our hardware and network partners had not encountered before.”

[via Cnet, image via marissa's flickr]

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