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.