SpamHaus Targeted in Unprecedented DDoS Attack
By Rose de Fremery
Dutch web host Cyberbunker is allegedly behind the assault, possibly having coordinated with Russian and Eastern European criminal organizations in the process. Reportedly the largest publicly announced DDoS incident of its kind according to The Huffington Post, it took several days to resolve. Spamhaus was able to stay online, albeit with considerable difficulty and significant assistance from third parties, throughout the course of the onslaught. As NPR notes, despite the enormity of the attack, the fundamental structure of the Internet itself was not threatened due to its inherently decentralized nature. Millions of users across Europe felt shockwaves in the form of degraded Internet access, however.
Rose de Fremery is Managing Editor of The Social Media Monthly.