Cloudflare claims it has mitigated the biggest cyber attack of its kind
Cloud services firm Cloudflare has claimed it has recorded and mitigated the biggest ever cyber attack.
The cyber attack exploited the Network Time Protocol (NTP), a system for clock synchronisation between computer systems, by sending requests with fake source IP addresses to NTP servers. The servers were then tasked with returning large responses to the fake IP addresses instead of the real senders. The method involves a Denial of Service (DoS) attack, in which a data overload sends the victim crashing.