Memcached DDOS attacks raise from nowhere and made some record-breaking DDoS attacks. GitHub Hit With a massive 1.35 Tbps DDoS Attack and within 5 days an American firm hit with a records breaking 1.7 Tbps DDoS Attack.
Two Proof of concepts for the Memcache DDOS attacks has been published online. The first one written in C language and the scripts utilize a list of 17,000 vulnerable Memcached servers to launch a DDoS attack.
The second one built in python and it inherits Shodan API to find the list of vulnerable Memcached servers.
The PoC published online made the attack even worst, it allows even a script kiddle to launch a high volume Memcached DDoS Attack.
But here is the good news “Security researchers from Corero Network Security identified a kill switch” which sends a command back to attacker server to suppress the DDoS exploitation. Based on this finding a DDOS Mitigation tool dubbed Memfixed released.
RELEASE: Memfixed-DDoS-Mitigation tool
Thanks to @dormando for the memcached “killswitch”;
Memfixed is a tool that mitigates the attacks using Shodan to efficiently shutdown and flush vulnerable memcached servers:
— spuz.me (@SpuzNiq) March 8, 2018
Josh Lospinoso published a memcachedump tool for dumping the cache contents of the exposed Memcached servers, and according to the dump reports the number of exposed vulnerable servers is decreasing slowly.
memcachedump – Use your Shodan API Key to dump all the contents of exposed memcached servers. (There are +108000 on Shodan as of today.) #memcached #infosec #shodan #memcrashed #memcachedump @SGgrc @binitamshah https://t.co/3DWRzscpEJ pic.twitter.com/Ts8atpvIwt
— Josh Lospinoso (@jalospinoso) March 8, 2018
Targets of Memcached DDOS attacks
The attack was primarily concentrated in United States, China (including Hong Kong, China), South Korea, Brazil, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the Netherlands.
The Memcached DDOS attacks having some interesting targets
The regular big players such as qq,360, Google, Amazon.etc
The game industry such as rockstargames.com, minecraft.net, playstation.net
The porn sites such as pornhub.com, homepornbay.com
The security industry such Avast.com, kaspersky-labs.com, 360.cn
The political related websites such as nra.org, nrafoundation.org, nracarryguard.com, epochtimes.com
And the guy who always gets to see the newest DDoS attack: krebsonsecurity.com 🙂
Cloudflare named it as an amplification attack A carefully crafted technique allows an attacker with limited IP spoofing capacity (such as 1Gbps) to launch very large attacks (reaching 100s Gbps) “amplifying” the attacker’s bandwidth.