The Netherlands public broadcaster NPO was hit by the largest DDoS attack ever, leaving the NOS site and app unreachable for some time on Sunday night. Other national and regional broadcasters’ sites were still online, but difficult to reach.
During a DDoS attack a computer system is bombarded with an extreme number of visits. “We are used to large groups of users with big news, but this number surpassed everything. And all at the same time”, NPO said, according to NOS. The public broadcaster is considering which measures to implement, on top of the measures already in place, to prevent similar disturbances in future.
The perpetrators behind the attack have not yet been identified.