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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-21954636
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The internet around the world has been slowed down in what security experts are describing as the biggest cyber-attack of its kind in history.
A row between a spam-fighting group and hosting firm has sparked retaliation attacks affecting the wider internet.
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Recently, Spamhaus blocked servers maintained by Cyberbunker, a Dutch web host which states it will host anything with the exception of child pornography or terrorism-related material.

Sven Olaf Kamphuis, who claims to be a spokesman for Cyberbunker, said, in a message, that Spamhaus was abusing its position, and should not be allowed to decide "what goes and does not go on the internet".

Spamhaus has alleged that Cyberbunker, in cooperation with "criminal gangs" from Eastern Europe and Russia, is behind the attack.
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"If you aimed this at Downing Street they would be down instantly," he said. "They would be completely off the internet."

He added: "These attacks are peaking at 300 gb/s (gigabits per second).

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/27/technology/internet/online-dispute-becomes-internet-snarling-attack.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
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Millions of ordinary Internet users have experienced delays in services like Netflix or could not reach a particular Web site for a short time.
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The dispute started when the spam-fighting group, called Spamhaus, added the Dutch company Cyberbunker to its blacklist, which is used by e-mail providers to weed out spam. Cyberbunker, named for its headquarters, a five-story former NATO bunker, offers hosting services to any Web site “except child porn and anything related to terrorism,” according to its Web site.
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The attacks were first mentioned publicly last week by CloudFlare, an Internet security firm in Silicon Valley that was trying to defend against the attacks and as a result became a target.
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The so-called distributed denial of service, or DDoS, attacks have reached previously unknown magnitudes, growing to a data stream of 300 billion bits per second.
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Questioned about the attacks, Sven Olaf Kamphuis, an Internet activist who said he was a spokesman for the attackers, said in an online message that, “We are aware that this is one of the largest DDoS attacks the world had publicly seen.” Mr. Kamphuis said Cyberbunker was retaliating against Spamhaus for abusing their influence.”

300 Gbit/s of DDOS ! I certainly did not feel anything, did anyone notice slow internet over the last week ?

PS: Since it's under investigation by cyber-police, noone knows exactly who is attacking who, so I posted this in Rumors/Unconfirmed.

PS2 : Added a link for a NYtimes article.
Edited by Catscratch - 3/29/13 at 8:56am
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Our internet has been hit or miss for the last week. Honestly, I believe it.
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I have noticed some anomalies, but nothing worth mentioning.
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My dl speed decreased slightly but im sure its just placebo
     
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I noticed newegg was taking a long time to load yesterday. Over 10 or 15 seconds for just one page, and I don't think it was my internet.

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Only my download speed has been affected an it's only going at 11Mb/s so it's tolerable.
Don't we have any countermeasures put in place against DDoS attacks?

EDIT: Ok so I just tested it again and it's gone to peak 429Kb/s and It's usually hanging around 300Kb/s, tested downloading GPU-Z from techpowerup.
Edited by Sir Amik Vase - 3/27/13 at 12:35pm
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I said this on a dif post that just got shut down lol

this last week here in NJ I have CERTAINLY Noticed extra Lag on my network.

Especially on my home PC that I work on, uses WiFi and its been crawling painfully slow

nothing worse than downloading something at 80 k......

80 K!!!!!!

Man that PC has topped out at 6mbps on steam through wifi before.... 8 on the main PC directly connected.

even Pictures were loading slow, ive.. not in.. so long...


the quote I made

My Internet was slower than a 2 dollar stripper!
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so this is the reason behind my ping is above 500ms on german bf3 servers today headscratch.gif
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It's amazing that any of this stuff works in the first place, so causing a little delay.....meh...whatever
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Explains why I am seeing dropped packets to virtually every site/provider I visit.

Really messes with streaming video and online games.
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