An anti-spam nonprofit is under attack from a hosting company called Cyberbunker. As a result, the whole internet is sluggish today. Turns out that's a side effect of sharing the internet with the largest public distributed denial of service attack (DDoS) in history.
The awesomely named Spamhaus is a nonprofit based in Geneva and London with the express goal of blocking and pursuing spam gangs. They faced off against Cyberbunker, an online hosting service based in the Netherlands that prominently features a picture of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on their homepage, and subscribe to an incredibly broad definition of what they should be free to host. Like the tail end of a 40-comment-long argument, this fight pitted freedom from harassment against freedom from censorship. This wasn't just a war of words. Instead, after Spamhaus blocked Cyberbunker's servers, Cyberbunker allegedly hit Spamhaus's Domain Name System with a DDoS attack that's so big, the rest of the internet is feeling its effects.
DDoS attacks are the brute force of the internet. Using a vast array of compromised computers, known as a botnet, the attackers request data from the target's servers, and do it over and over and over again until the server cannot possibly respond to such a high volume of requests for access. DDoS attacks from botnets are popular, and have been a staple of internet attacks for years.
What makes this one unique is scale. Peak waves in this attack, the moments designed to stress the servers as much as possible, are targeting Spamhaus with six times the strength of a typical cyber attack on a bank. It's a force that could break government websites. Fortunately for Spamhaus, they are used to this kind of targeted attack, and with distributed servers and powerful allies like Google offering spare capacity, they should be able to weather the attack fine. The rest of us? Not that it's a perfect metaphor, but all that traffic used to attack Spamhaus is causing snarls and delays throughout cyberspace, much in the way that sidestreets far from a highway accident get crowded during rush hour as everyone attempts to route around the delay.
I love spam, with some over easy eggs and toast....mmmmm......
I like to see everyone in the world do a search of all the government websites of N.Korea.
At bed time open many many cmd prompts.
Then ping those N.Korea websites with a -t at the end to make it continuous. Leave you computer on and running.
Finally, go to bed and have a nice sleep.
Most Glorious Leader! Today I have the honor to report that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is the most popular country in the world! We have recieved over 9000 hits in the past 24 hours alone! Our servers cannot keep up with such demand! We must divert funds from wheat shipments to build a brand new Most Glorious Center For the Advancement of the People in the Face of Imperialist Aggression, from the finest in 1980s Soviet computer technology!
It's obvious you've never worked in DDOS mitigation before. Layer7 attacks like http get/post, etc. attacks can be approached that way, but this is sheer volume. Major transit provider/tier1 backbone carriers, etc. are having to carry this traffic to it's destination. Not everybody has the ability or resources to weed out this stuff. Many times there are providers that already know or 'detect' these attacks, and the response is to null route/black hole the traffic. You can't approach this the same way because many people subscribe to spamhaus's services and would in effect block or filter legitimate traffic as well. There are only a handful of people that can really detect, analyze, and mitigate NOT diffuse these attacks. I'm one of those people.
Remember, we the world or USA can repeat this attack pinging every time you are not using you computer. Just begin you ping attack, when you sleep or go to work and walk away..... LOL.
This is the craziest load of crap we have read since Fox News. There were no "compromised computers" or "botnet" used, the attack was not that big of a deal and only hit the intended target until CloudFlare played Captain Savior at the expense of its clients. There was no slowed internet. That was sensationalism at its finest and you bought it hook, line, and sinker. Somebody tell us that your life was affected by this targeted attack because we've yet to hear about anything more than some people in London whose Harry Potter buffered too often on Netflix. Spamhaus and Cyberbunker are 2 companies and STOPhaus is over 40. How do you compare a collective effort to a squabble between two businesses? What a joke. Before you go print some nonsense you should look at the facts more clearly and attempt to get a side or 2 of the story. Would you like an interview? We have several reps that are handling media coverage.