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LiveJournal Selects Defense.Net to Protect Against Growing Threat of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks and the Harmful Side Effects of Traditional Mitigation

LiveJournal, one of the world’s largest social media blogging communities, has selected Defense.Net’s DDoS Frontline service to protect the company’s websites from ongoing DDoS attacks that have greatly escalated in scale and complexity over the past year. Defense.Net also protects against the harmful side effects that come with traditional DDoS mitigation.

BELMONT, CALIF.––Defense.Net, the only company designed to mitigate the increasing scale and sophistication of modern Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, today announced that LiveJournal, one of the world’s largest social media blogging communities, has selected Defense.Net’s DDoS Frontline service to protect the company’s websites from ongoing DDoS attacks that have greatly escalated in scale and complexity over the past year.With more than 50 million unique visitors and 500 million page views each month, LiveJournal is in the TOP-10 most popular sites in Runet (Russian language Internet sites). Since the first DDoS attack on its websites in 2010, LiveJournal had used a DDoS mitigation service that protected the site from outages. In 2013, LiveJournal experienced three to four large scale (greater than 30 Gbps) attacks which they had never seen before. Whilst mitigating attacks, collateral damage is expected, but LiveJournal wanted to improve the mitigation to reduce this and looked to Defense.Net to help.

“In 2013, we saw that botnets were changing and becoming harder to profile and more difficult to mitigate,” said Tim Turner, CIO the Afisha-Rambler-SUP holding, which includes LiveJournal. “With this increase in the scale of attacks, the side effects of mitigation had also increased. As the LiveJournal team has a sophisticated understanding of DDoS, we looked for a DDoS mitigation provider with a blend of techniques that can stay one step ahead of the bad guys. We chose Defense.Net because of the breakthrough new technology developed by Barrett Lyon and their ability to provide DDoS mitigation without the damaging side effects of legacy mitigation solutions.”

Defense.Net DDoS Frontline combines a network provisioned with 10 times the bandwidth and mitigation capacity per customer of the leading primary DDoS mitigation providers with breakthrough new technologies specifically designed to counter the latest and most powerful DDoS attack techniques, ensuring continuous operations for customers. It also eliminates the harmful side effects created by legacy DDoS mitigation techniques. After a simple installation process, Defense.Net’s DDoS Frontline technology was up and running and protecting LiveJournal’s sites. Operating as a cloud service, DDoS Frontline did not require the upfront investment in on-premise equipment as required by many legacy DDoS mitigation providers.

“In addition to stopping attacks without blocking legitimate users, Defense.Net also provides an unprecedented amount of data on the ever morphing vectors of attacks launched at LiveJournal services,” said Turner. “This data has not been available to us in the past and is important to the LiveJournal team so we can better understand an attack in real-time and implement additional measures to ensure we’re operating at optimal levels.”

AddendumF5 Networks acquired Defense.Net in May, 2014

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