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Internet Slowed By Cyber Attack On Spam Blocker

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 5:00 PM
A DDOS (distributed denial of service) attack against Spamhaus, a non-profit group which publishes blacklists used by internet service providers (ISPs) to weed out spam in email traffic, has been in progress for over a week. 

From Reuters: 
One of the largest ever cyber attacks is slowing global internet services and the disruption could get worse, experts said on Wednesday, after an organization blocking "spam" content became a target.

Spamhaus, a London and Geneva-based non-profit group which helps weed out unsolicited "spam" messages for email providers, said it had been subjected to "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attacks on an unprecedented scale for more than a week.

"Based on the reported scale of the attack, which was evaluated at 300 Gigabits per second, we can confirm that this is one of the largest DDoS operations to date," online security firm Kaspersky Lab said in a statement.    

... Steve Linford, chief executive of Spamhaus, told the BBC... "They are targeting every part of the internet infrastructure that they feel can be brought down."

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