On the 3rd of January 2018, GitHub, which is one of the world’s biggest software development platforms, was attacked by 1.35 terabits per seconds’ worth of traffic, at once; hence marking the world’s strongest distributed denial of service attack.
As soon as the attack started, GitHub instantly went offline, but as this happened, a digital system begun assessing the situation and what type of attack the platform was dealing with. In less than 10 minutes, the system used its DDoS mitigation service, Akamai Prolexic as an intermediary. The service then begun rerouting all traffic associated with GitHub, through scrubbing centres, which worked by identifying and blocking ill-intended packets of data. After a couple of more minutes, the offensive was stopped and GitHub was back online. Given the massive strength of the attack, the fact that it was stopped after only 10 minutes was a big surprise for both GitHub and their DDoS mitigation service.