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GitHub just suffered the world’s biggest DDoS attack—and barely blinked

GitHub just suffered the world’s biggest DDoS attack—and barely blinked

The site, which many developers use to store code, was knocked offline briefly this week by hackers who flooded it with fake traffic.Terror-bytes: According to , the attack peaked Wednesday at a whopping 1.35 terabits of data per second; the largest previous assault, launched in 2016 against a company called Dyn, hit 1.2 terabytes per second. GitHub was out of action for five minutes and suffered sporadic outages for several more.Beware the memcrash: The attackers used “memcrashing,” which involves exploiting memcache servers that companies use to speed up their web applications. Thousands...

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