The biggest cyberattack in history- a massive 300Gbps distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack has put key internet infrastructure to the test, hackers assaulted the Geneva-based volunteer anti-spam group “Spamhaus” with a prolonged DDoS attack, which may be causing global Internet speeds to fall.
CloudFlare estimates that Spamhaus “is directly or indirectly responsible for filtering as much as 80 percent of daily spam messages.”
In a denial-of-service, or DDoS attack, malicious computers repeatedly send access requests to the target website, overwhelming its servers and causing it to either crash or become inaccessible.
“Based on the reported scale of the attack, which was evaluated at 300 Gigabits per second, we can confirm that this is one of the largest DDoS operations to date,” online security firm Kaspersky Lab said in a statement.
“There may be further disruptions on a larger scale as the attack escalates.”
The attacks began after Spamhaus blacklisted Cyberbunker, a Dutch web hosting service, by the anti-spamming group. Cyberbunker, whose infamous and unofficial motto is that it will host anything that’s not child pornography or terrorism related, has been accused by Spamhaus of colluding with Eastern-European criminal gangs to wage the DDoS attack in retaliation for the blacklisting.
The origin of the attacks has not been identified. But a BBC report said Spamhaus alleged that Cyberbunker, in cooperation with “criminal gangs” from Eastern Europe and Russia, was behind the attack.
“We’ve been under this cyber-attack for well over a week,” Steve Linford, chief executive of Spamhaus, told the BBC.DON’T MISS: Hit List
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