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Spam Wars in the Netherlands

Spam Wars in the Netherlands

Added: Wednesday, April 10th, 2013
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extratorrent.com
The wars have erupted between anti-spam outfit and a Dutch group hosting a few spammy websites. The opposition has escalated into one of the largest computer attacks online, leading to widespread congestion and jamming crucial infrastructure across the globe.

It seems that the attacks are becoming more powerful, with computer security experts being scared that if they get worse users all over the globe may not be able to reach basic online services.

Everything began when Spamhaus blacklisted the Dutch company Cyberbunker, and the former’s lists were used by email providers to weed out spam. The company is located in a 5-storey former NATO bunker and is ready to provide hosting services to any site except kids porn and terrorism-related portals. Soon, Spamhaus said the attacks started, and thus far they failed to stop the outfit from distributing its blacklist.

The security experts claimed that Cyberbunker was simply mad, thinking it should just be allowed to spam. The cyber attacks are being generated by botnets, which were noticed last week by Cloudflare – a web security company from Silicon Valley, which was trying to defend against the attacks and finally became a target as well.

It has become the largest publicly announced DDoS attack ever, and it wasn’t the first time that Spamhaus, one of the largest groups tracking spammers online, was targeted by DDoS attacks from spammers. However, in this case it seems that Spamhaus was hit with a much more powerful strike that exploited the DNS. In other words, you can only stop the attack by turning off the Internet.

In this case, the attackers sent messages pretending to be the ones coming from Spamhaus, to the computers that were then amplified drastically by the servers, which caused torrents of data to be aimed back at the Spamhaus PCs. As a result, Spamhaus asked help from Cloudflare, with the attackers starting to focus at the companies providing data connections for both companies.

Spokesperson for the hackers claimed said the attacks were meant to punish Spamhaus for abusing its influence, as the company wasn’t supposed to find out what happens online. In the meanwhile, Cyberbunker brags on its site that it has been a frequent target of law enforcement due to its controversial customers. Cyberbunker claims that one day it managed to fend off a Dutch SWAT team which found it couldn’t enter the bunker by force.

April 10th,2013

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Date:  Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2013-04-10 13:36:34)
No avatarI don't know what to say. Who is in the wrong here? Spamhaus or Cyberbunker?

posted by Kitty (2013-04-10 18:03:00)
Crash1 avatarConsidering Spamhaus is just trying to protect several billion people from spam originating from Cyberbunker servers, I know who I'd rather win. And Cyberbunker ADMITS that it's customers spamming actions are illegal.

If the attacks from Cyberbunker becomes too severe and starts a widespread internet slowdown, what do you think the chances of a 2AM heavy breaching charge on the main door??
Or the police MAY actually do the SMART thing and simply CUT THEIR DATA CABLES. How can they do ANYTHING without active high-speed internet connections? Could you imagine an INTERNET SERVER trying to operate WIRELESSLY?? MAYBE ... in 10 or 20 years, but with today's technology??

Lets face it ... if these attacks are directly attributable to Cyberbunker or it's employees then that company is going to be so TOASTED it'll be CRISPYbunker!!

posted by (2013-04-10 23:31:12)
alfranatic avatarBy using a known security hole ,'DNS amplification' ,=spoofing (open) dns servers,
they reached 300 GBs , which is the biggest so far , but nevertheless insignificant.
I.e. the german internet exchange deals regularly with 2,5 TBs..

Who is wrong??

1- Spamhaus..because it's spying/hacking "our" data..
2- Cyberbunker..because of its "insane" and over the top reaction , just because the public privacy is violated again..

It depends..,if you like ,that Big Brother is watching you..you will be pleased that the dutch state has pressed charges and started humm...(LOL)..an "investigation".

If i get on a tram or subway in for instance Rotterdam,my face is recognized almost immediately.
Paying a parking-ticket is becoming quite user friendly , the police is awaiting me at my station..

You have to love it,how nice a service that is.
Ave Ceasar.

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