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Gladius Brings Distributed Defense to DDoS

  • For example, the content delivery network (CDN) giant Cloudflare operates 118 data centers around the world to help avoid a single choke point.
  • Rather than build out (or co-locate in) data centers, it lets individuals share the spare bandwidth they have at their own home connections, thus turning every desktop or laptop computer into a distribution node.
  • With Gladius’ CDN, files are likewise cached across a decentralized network, so that there is no single point of vulnerability or failure.
  • It also means that as Gladius clients come online in areas not normally served by massive data centers, like Africa, the Middle East, parts of Europe, Asia, and South America, those people will be served by content distribution nodes closer to home — something that the current major services like…
  • The company believes it might be able to convince ISPs to not only not stop their customers from using its software but even get master nodes inside of their network because it would have a net effect of lowering the traffic leaving their network, because static content would be cached…

You can either build dozens of data centers or you can harness millions of volunteer clients to deal with DDoS. Which one would you choose?

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are a constant nuisance, mostly because they are so easy to initiate. There are tools on the dark web that make it easy for anyone with a grudge to cause some real havoc. Hackers can even repurpose legitimate “penetration testing” services in executing this type of attack.

Unfortunately, it’s not only a nuisance, but it also comes with costs. For a large enterprise, the average cost from addressing a DDoS attack is $250,000 per hour.

The solution up to now has been to throw bandwidth at the problem -– distribute the traffic load so far and wide, such that there is no single point of vulnerability. For example, the content delivery network (CDN) giant Cloudflare operates 118 data centers around the world to help avoid a single choke point.

A startup called Gladius thinks it has an alternative. Rather than build out (or co-locate in) data centers, it lets individuals share the spare bandwidth they have at their own home connections, thus turning every desktop or laptop computer into a distribution node.

End users simply download and install the Gladius client, which then uses spare compute cycles and bandwidth to help distribute content through a decentralized CDN. Files are then cached on their computers for faster delivery to web clients who are closer to their geographic location than the main server. And when a DDoS attack occurs, traffic can then be distributed to the thousands and…

Gladius Brings Distributed Defense to DDoS

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