Technical reading from the Cloudflare blog for the holidays

Published on by John Graham-Cumming.

During 2017 Cloudflare published 172 blog posts (including this one). If you need a distraction from the holiday festivities at this time of year here are some highlights from the year. CC BY 2.0 image by perzon seo The WireX Botnet: How Industry Collaboration Disrupted a DDoS Attack We worked closely with companies across the industry to track and take down the Android WireX Botnet. This blog…

2018 and the Internet: our predictions

Published on by John Graham-Cumming.

At the end of 2016, I wrote a blog post with seven predictions for 2017. Let’s start by reviewing how I did. Public Domain image by Michael Sharpe I’ll score myself with two points for being correct, one point for mostly right and zero for wrong. That’ll give me a maximum possible score of fourteen. Here goes... 2017-1: 1Tbps DDoS attacks will become the baseline…

Highlights from Cloudflare's Weekend at YHack

Published on by Andrew Fitch.

Along with four other Cloudflare colleagues, I traveled to New Haven, CT last weekend to support 1,000+ college students from Yale and beyond at YHack hackathon. Throughout the weekend-long event, student attendees were supported by mentors, workshops, entertaining performances, tons of food and caffeine breaks, and a lot of air-mattresses and sleeping bags. Their purpose was to create projects to solve real world problems and to learn…

The Athenian Project: Helping Protect Elections

Published on by Alissa Starzak.

From cyberattacks on election infrastructure, to attempted hacking of voting machines, to attacks on campaign websites, the last few years have brought us unprecedented attempts to use online vulnerabilities to affect elections both in the United States and abroad. In the United States, the Department of Homeland Security reported that individuals tried to hack voter registration files or public election sites in 21 states prior to the 2016…

Inside the infamous Mirai IoT Botnet: A Retrospective Analysis

Published on by Guest Author.

This is a guest post by Elie Bursztein who writes about security and anti-abuse research. It was first published on his blog and has been lightly edited. This post provides a retrospective analysis of Mirai — the infamous Internet-of-Things botnet that took down major websites via massive distributed denial-of-service using hundreds of thousands of compromised Internet-Of-Things devices. This research was conducted by a team of researchers from Cloudflare (Jaime…