BBC reported today that internet services have slowed down across the world due to cyber attacks. This is said to be the biggest attack in the history of Internet and the reason is said to be a dispute between Spamhaus, an anti-spam group and Cyberbunker, a web-hosting company. Spamhaus is located in London and Geneva. It is a non-profit organization. It prepares a list of spamming websites and provides the list to Internet Service Providers that filter unwanted messages from emails. Cyberbunker is a Dutch company that host any website excepts porn and terrorism related websites. It is said to be a haven for spammers.
The row began when when Spamhaus blacklisted Cyberbunker. According to a spokesman of Spamhaus, Cyberbunker started series of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks so much so that Spamhaus’s Domain Name System (DNS) servers were hit with upto 300 billion bits per second (300Gbps) of data. The DDoS floods the intended target with large amounts of traffic in order to render it unreachable. Incidentally, this attack went beyond the limit and clogged the essential infrastructure of the global internet. This is now affecting millions of web users as websites took too long a time to load.
Steve Linford, chief executive for Spamhaus informed BBC that the attacks could not succeed as their engineers were able to keep the systems up and running. But the knock-on effect hits the internet globally.
Cyberbunker did not claim responsibility for the attacks. BBC reported that five national cyber-police-forces are investigating the attacks.