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The following article is a update on Google's DDoS attacks
(Cyber criminals ride Google coattails in DDoS attacks)
By Antone Gonsalves | CSO/ Posted on July 28 2014
The easy access Google's Web crawlers have to sites is increasingly being exploited by cyber criminals in launching distributed denial-of-service attacks, a security vendor says.
Fake Web crawlers accounted for 4 percent of the total number of legitimate ones, called Googlebots, analyzed by Incapsula.
In investigating more than 50 million fake Googlebot sessions, Incapsula found about 34 percent were clearly malicious, with roughly 24 percent of those used in DDoS attacks against a website's application layer.
A Googlebot is the search software Google uses to collect documents from the Web in order to build its searchable index. Googlebot requests to Web servers are identifiable through a user-agent, which is the online equivalent of an ID card.
InforWorld/ Full Read Here/ http://www.infoworld.com/d/security/cyber-criminal