New Mēris botnet breaks DDoS record with 21.8 million RPS attack

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A new distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) botnet that kept growing over the summer has been hammering Russian internet giant Yandex for the past month, the attack peaking at the unprecedented rate of 21.8 million requests per second.

The botnet received the name Mēris, and it gets its power from tens of thousands of compromised devices that researchers believe to be primarily powerful networking equipment.

Large and powerful botnet

News about a massive DDoS attack hitting Yandex broke this week in the Russian media, which described it as being the largest in the history of the Russian internet, the so-called RuNet.

Details have emerged today in joint research from Yandex and its partner in providing DDoS protection services, Qrator Labs.

Information collected separately from several attacks deployed by the new Mēris (Latvian for ‘plague’) botnet, showed a striking force of more than 30,000 devices.

From the data that Yandex observed, assaults on its servers relied

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