Largest DDoS Attack (So Far) Included ... Cable Boxes?

Apparently the Internet of Things played a role in the recent distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the antispam organization Spamhaus last week.

According to the New York Times says "servers the attackers used — what the Internet community calls open recursive servers or, more commonly, open resolvers — are simply home Internet devices, corporate servers, or virtual machines in the cloud that have been sloppily configured to accept messages from any device around the globe." This could include Internet-enabled cable boxes as well. All these devices amplify the attack.

The 300Gbit-a-second DDoS attack against Spamhaus is believed to be the largest in Internet history, yet produced very little effect on the overall Internet.

The Times says "recent efforts have been made to increase awareness of the issue. Computer security experts have recently started “naming and shaming” the operators of open resolvers. The DNS Measurement Factory, one such group, published a survey of top offenders by network, and more recently the Open Resolver Project published a full list of the 27 million open servers online.