Friday, March 29, 2013
Cyber Attack Slows Internet Globally
One of the largest ever cyber attacks is slowing global internet service and the disruption could get worse, experts said, after an organisation blocking "sapam" content became target. Spamhaus, a London and Geneva-based non-profit group which helps weed out unsilicited "spam" messages for email providers, said it had been subjet to "distributed denial of service" (DDoS), attacks on an unprecedented scale for more than a week. "Based on the reported scale of the attack, which was evaluated at 300 Gigabites per second, we can confirm that this is one of the largest DDoS opertions to date", online security firm Kaspersky Lab said in a statements. "There may be further disruption on a lager scale as the attack escalates" Spamhaus publishes blacklists used by Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to weed out spam in email traffic. The group is directly or indirectly responsible for filtering as much as 80 % of daily spam messages. "we have been under this cyber-attack attack for over a week," said chief executibve of Spamhaus." They are attacking every part of the internet infrastructure that they feel can be brought down" Perpetrators of DDoS attacks typically targets websites by flooding servers with messages from multiple system so they can not identify and respond to legitimate traffic. Because many computers were involved in the attack it was difficult to defend against. If you have a few computers sending large amounts of traffic, you can filter them out easily. When litrally thousand and thousand computers are involved it make it much , much harder, he told. He added that it was possible people may find some sites or services slower thamn usual they access to on internet.