Gcore Thwarts 500 Million PPS DDoS Attack on Gaming Company

Gcore Thwarts 500 Million PPS DDoS Attack on Gaming Company

At the beginning of May 2023, Gcore thwarted a 500 Million PPS DDoS attack with a total capacity of more than 800 Gbps. It was the largest DDoS attack company’s customers suffered since the beginning of 2023.

The attackers used multiple approaches, as Andrey Slastenov, Head of Web Security at Gcore, explains:

“Firstly, attackers targeted the game app at the L7 level with a large amount of traffic, which suggests that they were trying to overload the application layer of the gaming company’s infrastructure. They probably used botnets or amplification techniques. After this initial attack, the attackers switched tactics and continued the DDoS assault using a huge volume of small packets.”

Graph of the 500 Million PPS DDoS Attack Gcore thwarted

Most attacks have relatively low speeds—one million PPS or less—but for web resources without protection that might be enough to be put out of action. An hour of downtime due to DDoS attacks in the gaming industry often costs upwards of $25,000.

How Gcore Stopped the Attack

Gcore used a distributed infrastructure and peering partners to spread traffic across multiple locations, reducing the impact of the attempted DDoS attack. Gcore’s protection team detected and mitigated the attack quickly, preventing disruption to the client’s web application. This highlights the importance of having a robust DDoS protection strategy and working with trusted security partners to ensure the availability and resilience of online services.

Why Are Cybercriminals Attacking Gaming Companies?

DDoS attacks are unfortunately common in the gaming industry, where attackers may target game servers, gaming websites, or even individual players. There are several reasons why DDoS attacks may target gaming companies:

  • Desire for financial gain; attempting to extort money from the gaming company to stop the attack
  • Attempt to disrupt gaming operations, gain a competitive advantage, or damage a company’s reputation, either by cybercriminals or competitors
  • Retaliation by a player who feels unfairly treated by a gaming company

Regardless of the motivation behind the attack, DDoS attacks can cause severe damage to the gaming industry, leading to significant disruptions in online gaming services, and resulting in frustrated players, lost revenue, and reputational harm. The impact of such attacks can be devastating, as they can paralyze game servers, overwhelm website traffic, and compromise the integrity of player data.

How to Protect Against Powerful DDoS Attacks

To ensure the continuity of gaming operations, it is crucial for companies to prioritize DDoS protection and work closely with trusted security partners to identify and mitigate potential threats.

To mitigate DDoS attacks, companies must use DDoS protection services, deploy firewalls and intrusion prevention systems, and regularly test their security measures. Additionally, a gaming company can work with its internet service provider (ISP) and web protection provider to identify and block malicious traffic and improve DDoS resilience.

Protect yourself with Gcore—we provide protection at L3, L4, and L7 levels. Our solution has over 1 Tbps total filtering capacity and blocks DDoS attack from the first request by sessions, not IPs. Keeps your gaming services safe with us.

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