Henry Dalziel | General Hacking Posts, Hacker Hotshots | April 30, 2013
The, quote, “biggest [cyber] attack we’ve seen,” from Matthew Prince, CloudFlare’s CEO is the result of two competing sides. (CloudFlare were hired to mitigate the DDoS attacks suffered by Spamhaus).
Spamhaus is based in Geneva, Europe. Essentially Spanhaus is an Internet Watch Dog that creates spam data filters to protect 1.7 billion people’s email (according to their stats).
CyberBunker is a web hosting company based in the Netherlands that has been blacklisted by Spamhaus. They were blacklisted because they allegedly host malware, spam and other such nasty content (we would like to say that this blog believes in innocence before guilt and CyberBunker is no exception) and hence the spark that started the war between these two organizations.
Who cares that two companies are fighting? Why should we care about this?
This should be private right? Two companies fighting is hardly news, in fact, isn’t every company in the Fortune 500 suing someone for something? The reason why it has become news is because there is collateral damage from this cyber war that is affecting us all – mostly in Europe and Russia. The (again, allegedly) attack by Team CyberBunker, or their associates, was a planned sustained DDoS attack whereby the Spamhaus servers were flooded with requests, overwhelming their servers and causing it to crash or become inaccessible.
What is the REAL problem here?
The real problem is that it seems that Spamhaus are deflecting the sustained DDoS attack to other servers – think of it like the superhero glancing rays off their shield (see image above) – and those rays have got to go somewhere. The fact that Spamhaus is deflecting the DoS traffic onto a bunch of other servers at different locations is the reason why, for example, users of Netflix are experiencing slow download times of their movies.
Still doesn’t really sound like a big deal right? Well it is, because whilst the average user might not notice, the Internet has slowed down a few milliseconds over the last few weeks – and when you add that all up you begin to see that the net result is, and could well be, several billion dollars in lost sales.
Although CyberBunker has not taken any credit for the attack a Dutchman named Sven Olaf Kamphuis has been arrested in Spain in relation to the cyber-attack on Spamhaus. Sven, as far as we can make out, it the owner of CyberBunker. In any event, Spamhaus clearly has a lot of enemies that seemed to have grouped together to form ‘StopHaus’.
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Let us know if our description is correct of the situation between Spamhaus, CyberBunker and StopHaus! We are always open to criticism!