The cyberfight started with Spamhaus, a spam-fighting internet watchdog organization, a group responsible for keeping ads out of your inbox which is used by e-mail providers to weed out spam, was hit by the largest internet attack in the history of the internet. They accuse Cyberbunker, a web hosting company in the Netherlands.
Cyberbunker offers dedicated server hosting that allow clients to stay online no matter what. Spamhaus accuses Cyberbunker of a denial-of-service attack ongoing since mid-March. Cyberbunker among others, were blacklisted by Spamhaus. Spamhaus’s role was to generate a list of Internet spammers for providers.
This attack has now affected the internet world-wide. The attack is targeting Spamhaus’ Domain Name System (DNS) servers that connect to the underlying infrastructure of the Internet that turns Web addresses into numerical information that the technology can read. That has resulted in some service to be affected across the Net, due to the amount of data hitting the DNS through the attack.
A typical denial-of-service attack tends to affect only a small number of networks, but in the case of a Domain Name System flood attack, data packets are aimed at the victim from servers all over the world. These attacks cannot easily be stopped, as those servers can’t be shutoff without shutting down the Internet.
There are other internet providers who have been affected by the attack, problems include sluggish access and dropped connections. But those who are affected are remaining anon for now, due to security concerns. Your e-mails also will be affected as Spamhaus checks incoming emails for spam. Netflix has also been affected and says its site is sluggish.
Cloudflare was asked to help defend. When Spamhaus requested aid from CloudFlare, an Internet security firm in Silicon Valley, the attackers began to focus on the companies that provide data connections for both Spamhaus and CloudFlare.
Many large Internet service providers have not set up their networks to make sure that traffic leaving their networks is actually coming from their own users. This is a major security flaw, the attack, generated by swarms of computers called botnets, concentrate data streams that are larger than the Internet connections of entire countries, this attack grew to a data stream of 300 gigabits per second.
This attack was like trying to push 10,000 gallons of water through a small tube at once. Google has helped out with the extra load to ensure Spamhaus has been able to stay up, along with its massive DNS server system.
The attacks are becoming increasingly powerful and alarming, internet security experts worry that if they continue to escalate people may not be able to reach basic Internet services. Most of us stay connected 24/7. I don’t know about anyone else, but, I will go cray cray without my internet. Just say’in, people need to behave.