Monster revenge cyberattack against anti-spam firm causes global internet slowdown
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- Victor Habbick
If in the last few days you've noticed that loading Internet pages seems to take longer than usual, don't blame it on your provider. There's a war going on that is globally slowing down the Web and millions of people have been affected.
It all started when SpamHaus, a non-profit organization that provides anti-spam services, decided to blacklist sketchy Dutch web filtering firm CyberBunker, who didn't take it lightly. They retaliated apparently not only with a massive strike of the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) kind - but also with a more vicious Domain Name System (DNS) attack.
Internet hacktivist Sven Olaf Kamphuis has come forward identifying himself to the New York Times as CyberBunker's spokesperson. He has declared that the firm was seeking revenge against Spamhaus with probably the biggest DDoS operation ever seen, because they have stepped over the line and have been "abusing their influence".
Spamhaus researcher Vincent Hanna has confirmed the incredible scale of the offensive that is currently clogging up the Web in an interview with the BBC. "It's a small miracle that we're still online, if you aimed this at Downing Street they would be down instantly, they would be completely off the Internet. These attacks are peaking at 300 gb/s and normally when there are attacks against major banks, we're talking about 50 gb/s."
Google has offered to help absorbing some of the traffic but it would only be a way to temporarily overcome the problem and not a long term solution. According to security expert Dan Kaminsky "the only way to deal with this problem is to find the people doing it and arrest them", which could take some time.