INTERNET SPEEDS TO A CRAWL AS CYBER HACKERS TAKE REVENGE – There’s a storm brewing and in fact it’s been going on for some time. The feud, between two online companies, has accumulated in one of the biggest cyber attacks in internet history.
It all started with a company, SPAMHAUS whose aim it is to blocked unwanted emails, commonly known as Spam Mail, and company who was accused to distributing such content.
SPAMHAUS is a non-profit organization with the sole aim of eradicating unwanted emails, something that most of are affected by from time to time. SPAMHAUS black-listed a Dutch company Cyberbunker, a well-known web hosting company, due to a number of complaints which set the whole rift in motion.
It was reported that SPAMHAUS, who has a list of web servers that are known for serving malicious content, such as Malware, Trojans and other virus related material, and at the beginning of this month added Cyberbunker to their list, causing outrage with the Cyberbunker owners.
In retaliation, SPAMHAUS claims that Cyberbunker has launched a vast ‘Disrupted Denial of Service’ (DDOS) by inundating its servers with fake traffic resulting in bringing down a number of servers and reducing others to a crawl.
Currently five national cyber crime units are involved in the investigation in order to avert what could be disastrous for banking and email systems across the globe as internet speeds are reduced to a crawl cannot be accessed at all.
Steve Linford, chief executive of Spamhaus, told the BBC the scale of the attack was unprecedented and powerful enough to bring down the Government’s computer system.
To date, millions of web users have experienced a disruption of service; one reported the slow-down was due to ‘solar flares’ but no evidence of this has been reported.
Experts are increasingly worried as to how easy it is for some unscrupulous individuals to cause damage and mayhem on the internet and that our systems are far from being secure against any such attack.
It was only recently that the ‘Anonymous Group’ laid claim to a number of high profile attacks, including MasterCard who it targeted as it refused to release credit card donation payments to WikiLeaks, result in MasterCard losing nearly $4 million in just one day.
Currently Sven Olaf Kamphuis, who alleges to be a spokesman for Cyberbunker, reported that SPAMHAUS was over stepping the mark and abusing its position, telling reporters that no company should have the right to dictate what content a server holds.
This message is mirrored by a number of groups who feel that the internet is being increasingly controlled by governments and their organisations and that the once ‘free internet’ is no longer an open system; all content appears to be heavily monitored, something many free speech and freedom of expression activists feel is an attack on their civil liberties.
DDOS attacks are nothing new and with stealth organisations, such as the Anonymous Group, patrolling the web looking for what they deem an injustice to freedom of content, then these attacks will surely continue to grow as governments and companies attempt to tighten their grip on the content on the web.