Vox Telecom successfully mitigated multiple large distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on its network recently.
The head of carrier and connectivity at Vox, Shane Chorley, told MyBroadband that the attacks ranged between 2Gbps and 10Gbps.
Anonymous Africa, the group that took responsibility for the attack on the SABC’s websites, took responsibility for the one against Vox.
According to the group, they were targeting ANN7’s website – which is hosted on Vox’s network.
It also attacked the websites of several other Gupta-owned companies, including The New Age and Sahara Computers.
The attack took down the websites of Sahara and The New Age for a time, and severely impaired their performance when they came back online.
ANN7’s website’s loading time increased significantly during the attack, but it remained online and accessible from within South Africa.
“Kudos to the folk at datapro, they are mitigating a huge attack!” Anonymous Africa posted on Twitter during the attack.
Datapro is the name associated to a network, or autonomous system, that is operated by Vox Telecom.
Chorley said they fended off multiple attacks lasting a few hours, and that the peak of an individual attack was just below 10Gbps.
He wasn’t willing to disclose the technical details of how they mitigated the attacks.
“We have numerous sophisticated threat protection solutions that assist us in the mitigation of these attacks,” said Chorley.