Massive online attack blamed for slower Internet speeds
Internet slowed down by huge denial of service attack.
Dave Hatter giving FOX19 his take on Internet & website issues at his firm Libertas Technologies.
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
A massive online attack is being blamed for slowing down
access to Netflix's video streaming service and numerous other websites people
are trying to visit. It all boils down to a fight over spam.
to the New York Times, an anti-spam group is blocking a Dutch website
company, accusing it of spamming. In retaliation, the company's supporters are
hitting Internet servers with a denial-of-service attack that's causing a huge
online traffic jam. It's like jamming hundreds of letters through a mail slot
at the same time, is how
the Associated Press puts it.
The larger problem, according to Dave Hatter of Libertas
Technologies in Cincinnati, is that the Internet was not built to withstand
attacks like these.
"When all of this stuff was invented in the late 60s and the
stuff that has sprung forth from those original inventions, you know, people
really didn't anticipate the way it would be used now," Hatter said from his
firm's offices downtown. "So consequently, security and privacy and those kinds
of concepts weren't really baked into the underlying foundation of this."
To put in perspective how large this attack is, the one that
led to persistent outages at U.S. banking sites late last year peaked at about
100 billion bits per second. The attack resulting from the Dutch company being
blacklisted is clocking in at 300 billion bits per second, the largest attack
on Internet service ever publicly revealed.
Monday, September 1 2014 2:00 AM EDT2014-09-01 06:00:48 GMT
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