AWS tries to protect its customers from DDoS attacks with new service

One of the big stories in security over the past year has been the rise of devastating distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks that have hit sites and organizations like DNS provider Dyn, the BBC and the website of security journalist Brian Krebs.

Amazon Web Services is trying to help protect its customers with a new service aimed at mitigating DDoS impacts. It’s called Shield, and the free entry-level tier is enabled by default for all web applications running on AWS, starting on Wednesday.

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