Biggest-ever DDoS attack threatens companies worldwide, and other cybersecurity news to know this month

1. Biggest-ever DDoS attack threatens companies worldwide
Companies including Google and Amazon say they have fought off the world’s biggest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, but are warning internet users that these types of attacks could cause widespread disruption unless cybersecurity measures are stepped up.

A DDoS attack aims to make a website unreachable by overwhelming it with requests for data. This often results in websites crashing and online services being unavailable.

Google says the attack began in August and was 7.5 times larger than the previous biggest attack, with its site facing a peak of 398 million requests per second.

Google mitigated a DDoS attack which peaked at 398 million requests per second

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Source: World Economic Forum