Internet slowed by cyber attack distributed denial of service” (DDoS) today 28 March 2013

DDoS attacked: Internet slowed by cyber attack on spam blocker, experts say disruption could get worse.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.

DoS attacks typically target websites by flooding servers with messages from multiple systems so they cannot identify and respond to legitimate traffic. Paul Vlissidis, group technical director at internet security firm NCC, said the volumes of traffic involved in the attack were having a knock-on effect on the rest of the internet. Because many computers were involved in the attack, it was difficult to defend against.

“Based on the reported scale of the attack, we can confirm that this is one of the largest to date,” said online security firm Kaspersky Lab

A row between a spam-fighting group and hosting firm has sparked retaliation attacks affecting the wider internet.

It is having an impact on popular services like Netflix – and experts worry it could escalate to affect banking and email systems.

Five national cyber-police-forces are investigating the attacks.

 

source: bbc, ibnlive , google

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.

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