the internet outage yesterday
The attack was "more sophisticated than we've seen before," said Leighton. "The volume was problematic, and how it was done was problematic. For this nature of attack, it was an unusual volume." While not offering details on the technique involved, he said it was "a step ahead" of known DDoS techniques. The attack targeted the DNS addresses of four large Akamai customers. "It's possible these sites were targeted, and just happened to all be our customers," said Leighton. "But we assume it was an attempt to attack Akamai."