Collective Intelligence Podcast, Episode 4, Memcached DDoS Attacks
Flashpoint Editorial Director Mike Mimoso talks to Chad Seaman and Lisa Beegle of the security intelligence response team at Akamai about the recent and record-setting Memcached DDoS attacks.
The attacks leveraged Memcached servers that were exposed to the internet and topped out at well more than a terabyte of traffic used to take down targets. The volume of traffic used in these attacks is the highest seen in publicly reported attacks and Chad and Lisa were among the first to investigate and report on them.
During this conversation, you’ll get an update on recent activity around these attacks, why Memcached servers made for an ideal attack vector, whether the attacks were overkill and why an attacker would choose to carry out such a volumetric attack, an extortion component to these attacks, and finally what defenders can do going forward.
The Collective Intelligence Podcast, presented by Flashpoint and hosted by Editorial Director Mike Mimoso, features regular interviews with a diverse set of industry experts and Flashpoint analysts on the latest information security news and industry trends.
Michael Mimoso brings over a decade of experience in IT security news reporting to Flashpoint. As Editorial Director, he collaborates with marketing, analyst, and leadership teams to share the company’s story. Prior to Flashpoint, Mike was as an Editor of Threatpost, where he covered security issues and cybercrime affecting businesses and end-users.
Prior to joining Threatpost, Mike was Editorial Director of the Security Media Group at TechTarget and Editor of Information Security magazine where he won several ASBPE national and regional writing awards. In addition, Information Security was a two-time finalist for national magazine of the year. He has been writing for business-to-business IT publications for 11 years, with a primary focus on information security.
Earlier in his career, Mike was an editor and reporter at several Boston-area newspapers. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts.