Cybercrime police forces in at least five countries, and global web companies are trying to combat a global threat to the reliability and integrity of the web. Under fire in a Denial of Service attack is Geneva based spam watchdog and blacklist compiler Spamhaus and content delivery network CloudFlare, and as a result, global internet response has slowed significantly, effecting media services and and hosting companies. The attack appears to have started around a week ago, and continues although re-routing of web traffic appears to be mitigating impact on web users.
CloudFlare, who route internet traffic and provide security and addressing services on the web do so via more than twenty data-centres. They have been re-routing traffic with reports indicating that initial attacks impacted Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London traffic particularly. Today, London and Sydney appear to be the locations bearing the brunt of the Denial-of-Service attack, but the CloudFlare system status does indicate that almost all other locations are working as normal. A small but incredibly innovative company, CloudFlare, named as Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company of 2011 by the Wall Street Journal and drew comment fromThe World Economic Forum (WEF) for their innovative algorithms and innovation in its Technology Pioneers 2012 report.
In June 2012, the hacker group UGNazi attacked CloudFlare and this attack on Spamhaus and CloudFlare is motivated by the decision of Spamhaus to black-list the traffic from Dutch internet firm CyberBunker.
Cyberbunker is a web-host who host a diverse and questionable mix of websites and content, and Spamhaus’s blacklisting of their servers has motivated a co-ordinated response from primarily Eastern Europe based activists, many of whom are thought to be unconnected to the substantive issue – that Cyberbunker has been carrying masses of spam traffic – billions of email messages – on the web everyday, which continues to have a real economic impact on businesses and consumers globally. So thankfully CloudFlare, and others are out there tonight, in the dark, making things a little e-safer.
External links & references
- Spamhaus statements
- BBC Coverage
- Richard Boscovich @ Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit
- CloudFlare system status
- British Government grant aid SME security
Cyberwar image by: marsmet tallahassee