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March 27, 2013

Web slows under ‘biggest attack ever’

Filed under: Cybersecurity — by Philip J. Palin on March 27, 2013

The following is the current lead in The Telegraph (London).  For the record, I am online, have been online all day (it’s now 1705 Eastern), and have not noticed a problem. I’ve checked a couple of US-based tech sites and a quick scan shows nothing or only a minor mention.  The New York Times is, however, giving major attention. Perhaps this is — so far — mostly a European phenomenon?


A Dutch web-hosting company caused disruption and the global slowdown of the internet, according to a not-for-profit anti-spam organization.

The interruptions came after Spamhaus, a spam-fighting group based in Geneva, temporarily added the Dutch firm, CyberBunker, to a blacklist that is used by e-mail providers to weed out spam.

Cyberbunker is housed in a five-story former NATO bunker and famously offers its services to any website “except child porn and anything related to terrorism”. As such it has often been linked to behaviour that anti-spam blacklist compilers have condemned.

Users of Cyberbunker retaliated with a huge ‘denial of service attack’. These work by trying to make a network unavailable to its intended users,overloading a server with coordinated requests to access it. At one point, 300 billion bits per second were being sent by a network of computers, making this the biggest attack ever.



Two morning after reports:

The San Jose Mercury tells us what happened in brief.

The Christian Science Monitor asks if it was overblown

Information Week tells us about the implications of what (apparently) happened

Sounds like it was much more a Eurasian event this time.

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Comment by Christopher Tingus

March 27, 2013 @ 9:24 pm

A European problem now, however….listen, until Madame Secretary transfers $3.9 mln from its budget to reopen the White House doors to our kids her deserve much more….it seems that those brave Patriots on the 911 flight en route to destroy the heart beat of this beloved Republic who yelled “rock’n roll” and averted the intent to attack the White House and now to see Barry Obama and Madame Secretary shutter the doors to the White House and its valued history, how can we on “Main Street USA” have any confidence in DHS or State or the WH for we just saw the “Benghazi Massacre” with only blatant lies shared….and now, given the significance of cyber attack, We hold our muskets high – for all lawful purpose – and what is truly a shame, we have little confidence in the Department of Homeland Security or others who allowed Barry Obama and the folks responsible for closing the doors of history to our children!

How dare you?

There will undoubtedly be many more substantial cyber attacks and give the failed leadership as portrayed by this ‘Chicago city street slicker” and nothing more, as the Rev Wright clearly stated in ’08 with Barry Obama watching and attentively listening to his chants…as long as the “Zionists”have WMD, it is ok for Tehran to have the same…

Cyber attack? Maybe, however given the corruptness which pervades those we “entrust” to serve the community in elected leadership roles…We are in big trouble….

If you can spend $500k and $400k for Joe Biden’s on day stay in Paris and London and Michelle Obama can afford to take the number of vacations they do…and Cairo can be sent $250 million and the Palestinian PA some $500 million this past week, then let’s better use our monies here at home and yes, spend it on combatting cyber security which will inevitably get worse….

Christopher Tingus
Harwich, MA 02645

Comment by William R. Cumming

March 28, 2013 @ 1:24 am

And of course Aliens will attack the GRID first?

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