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24 million home routers expose ISPs to massive DNS-based DDoS attacks

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Gaps in existing DDoS defenses require highly targeted DNS defenses to eliminate malicious traffic

Redwood City, USA, April 2, 2014  ̶  New research by NominumTM, the innovation leader in DNS and Internet Activity applications for Communication Service Providers, today reveals evidence that DNS-based DDoS amplification attacks have significantly increased in the recent months, targeting vulnerable home routers worldwide. A simple attack can create 10s of Gbps of traffic to disrupt provider networks, enterprises, websites, and individuals anywhere in the world.

Anatomy of a DNS-based DDoS Amplification Attack


DDOS_cyber_security_optimum bandwidthNominum’s latest research reveals:

  • More than 24 million home routers on the Internet have open DNS proxies which expose ISPs to DNS-based DDoS attacks
  • In February 2014, more than 5.3 million of these routers were used to generate attack traffic
  • During an attack in January 2014, more than 70% of total DNS traffic on a provider’s network was associated with DNS amplification
  • DNS is by far the most popular protocol for launching amplification attacks, with more available amplifiers than the next four protocols combined

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