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DDoS, the cloud and you

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Beatrice Patterson
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Suddenly, you're not the only one at risk from a DDoS attack.

No matter whether your environment is collocated, or a single or multi-tenant hosted environment, you may be rubbing shoulders with other companies less salubrious than yours, that draw more attention online.

This means that if you happen to be sharing a private cloud data centre with the Westboro Baptist church and Anonymous decides to teach it a lesson, there may be some spillover.

When these botnets can go over 100Gbit/sec, unless you are a very large provider, the type of bandwidth you need to deal with the problem just isn't around, said Justin Giardina, CTO of cloud service provider iLand.

The biggest attacks in 2013, 2014 and 2015 were 300, 400 and 500 Gbit/sec respectively.

So cloud customers – and their providers – must be ready when attackers roll out the firehose.

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