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A battle between an anti-spam organization and a Dutch web-hosting company has led to a massive cyberattack that threatens to slow down the entire internet.
The Geneva-based non-profit group Spamhaus says it's being hit with a massive cyberattack, apparently from groups angry at being on its blacklist.
Anyone else having speed related issues today?
It is having an impact on popular services like Netflix - and experts worry it could escalate to affect banking and email systems.
As we mentioned yesterday, Spamhaus experienced a large-scale DDoS attack over the past weekend and extending into this week. Although this site and our mail were knocked down for awhile, our data systems continued to work normally throughout the attack. At this time the main Spamhaus website is back up (that's what you are reading!) and we're bringing other public systems back up as this goes to press. Due to the unpredictable nature of DDoS attacks, we can't provide an estimate of that progress, but we want those systems up as much as you do.
What we can tell you is that we are aware of the many people who have fixed their infected systems, and ISPs which have solved spam problems, and need to have IPs and domains removed from our lists (SBL, XBL/CBL, PBL and DBL). Those removal systems are being fixed as this is typed, and we will continue to provide updates as they come back online, in this blog article or in a newer one. Our best advice to you is to follow normal removal procedures, to re-try as needed (every hour or so) and to watch this blog for updates. Thanks for your cooperation as we ride out this attack.
A Dutch web host called Cyberbunker states that it will host anything except child pornography or terrorism-related content. Spamhaus blocked Cyberbunker's servers in an effort to weed out any spammers that might host their content with the company.
Now Spamhaus is alleging that Cyberbunker is collaborating with a Russian and Eastern European criminal organizations to facilitate the attacks.
Read more: www.businessinsider.com...
Anti-spam organization Spamhaus has been hit by a number of large-scale distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks, bringing down its own website temporarily and causing widespread disruption across the Internet.
The BBC is reporting it as the ‘biggest cyber-attack in history,’ with The New York Times describing it as ‘one of the largest computer attacks on the Internet.’
The DDoS attacks are alleged to have originated from CyberBunker, a Dutch web hosting company that will store anything except child pornography and files related to terrorism. As a result, some of its clients are rumored to use the hosting service for spam, phishing sites and malware operations
Originally posted by grey580
Normal DDoS attacks usually are in the 50mbit range.
This one is in the 300mbit range.
It's truly massive.
"criminal gangs" from Eastern Europe and Russia
Originally posted by Manhater
Never heard of it.
Spamhaus tracks the Internet's worst Spammers, known Spam Gangs and Spam Support Services, and works with ISPs and Law Enforcement Agencies to identify and remove persistent spammers from the Internet.