Meet Mantis - The Most Powerful Botnet Behind 3000 DDoS Attacks On Cloudflare Users

A spate of attacks targeting nearly 1,000 Cloudflare customers was linked to the botnet that caused the largest HTTPS distributed attack (DDoS) in June 2022.

Calling the powerful botnet Mantis, the web performance and security company attributed it to more than 3,000 HTTP DDoS attacks against its users.

Internet, telecom, media, and gaming are the most targeted industry verticals. More than 20% of attacks were directed at U.S.-based businesses. Russia, Turkey, and France, followed closely by the U.K. and Germany.

The company claimed it had mitigated a DDoS attack against an unnamed customer website using its Free plan.

 It reached 26 million requests per second (RPS), and each node generated approximately 5,200 RPS.

The tsunami of junk traffic was short-lived and generated more than 212 million HTTPS requests. 

It came from more than 1,500 networks across 121 countries. India, Brazil, Russia, and the U.S. topped it all.

Cloudflare's Omer Yachimik stated that although the Mantis botnet has a small number of bots (around 5,000), they can create a large force responsible for the largest HTTP DDoS attacks ever observed.

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