After KrebsOnSecurity covered vDOS for being a DDOS hack seller their site was hit with a historic DDOS. While DDOS mitigation has been discussed previously, this attack was nearly impossible to stop. The site was given pro-bono access to Akamai’s mitigation service but due to the size of the attack, Akamai had to sever ties. They predicted that protection of this one site would’ve cost millions of dollars and disruptive protection of their other clients. Diagnosis of the DDOS shows that a lot of attacks came from compromised IoT (internet of things) enabled devices. It was also the second largest DDOS that Akamai ever dealt with.
Google has stepped in with a new program called Google Shield. Its purpose is to prevent free speech from being silenced by malicious attackers. Google Shield protects news As this case proved it is cost-prohibitive to protect a small site from attacks so Google is trying to provide backup. Protection at a high level can cost $150,000 to $200,000 a year even if it is just a blog. The author fears of state sponsored actors also using this kind of DDOS power on individuals.