The internet IS said to be currently facing what experts would call “the biggest cyber-attack in history.” Spamhaus, a non-profit spam-fighting group, is reportedly the primary target of the attack. While no solid evidences have been presented for the public eye to see, the group alleged that Cyberbunker (a Dutch webhost), in association with other cyber-criminal groups in Russia and Eastern Europe, is said to be the one behind cyber-attacks that are affecting the global internet.
The conflict between Spamhaus and Cyberbunker reportedly started when the former blocked some servers maintained by the latter. Sven Olaf Kamphuis who claimed to be the spokesperson of the web host said Spamhaus is abusing its position in terms of blocking servers, they think are hosting web services used to spam the web. They neither denied nor confirmed if they were, indeed, the group behind the most recent cyber-attacks pointed at the anti-spam organization.
Spamhaus’ Chief Executive Steve Linford assured internet users that despite the attacks done to its servers, their engineers were able to deflect most of them keeping their services active an uninterrupted. He revealed, however, that the tactic used by attackers is the Distributed Denial of Service, otherwise known to users are DDoS.
In 2010, the biggest DDoS attack ever recorded peaked at 100 gb/s (100 giga bits per second). This year, there is a 200% increase. Spamhaus’ director of security research Dan Holden said recent attacks are actually peaking at 300 gb/s. Had these attacks directed at government or financial servers, they would be brought down almost immediately.
The company already expected this kind of attacks when it started fighting against spams. So, its services are distributed to, at least, 80 servers around the world. No one knows what the future holds for the organization’s stance against spams. But if attacks like these continue, they might become unstoppable in the next couple of years.
Google allegedly made some of its resources available to help absorb the traffic built by the most recent attacks. At least five cyber-police forces are currently investigating the case. If they can prove Cyberbunk is behind all these, the company might be facing criminal liabilities plus its license revoked.