Firm jams internet because it was accused of spamming

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Our generation has to be the coolest generation of all times, because we are seeing some of the best, horrible, dangerous, and outright illegal world events happen before our eyes. I do not want to go to list of events we have seen, but I think we just witnessed the most biggest DDoS attack in the history of the internet.

A group of online cops which monitors spammers and blacklists them, and a Dutch company which hosts websites on its servers had a little fight, and this had led the Dutch company to launch the biggest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack against the anti spam group. The parties in question are Spamhaus, which is the anti spam group, and Cyberbunker, the web hosting company.

The job of Spamhaus is to identify the people or companies on the internet which spam the network and make a blacklist out of this information. The blacklist is distributed. Many other companies which provide services such as email services use this blacklist of spammers to protect their networks or services against them.

Now, Spamhaus recently added the name of Cyberbunker to its blacklist, which has led to this whole story. A spokesperson from Spamhaus said that the attacks from Cyberbunker have started since the 19th of March. The New York Times writes:

Patrick Gilmore, chief architect at Akamai Technologies, a digital content provider, said Spamhaus’s role was to generate a list of Internet spammers. Of Cyberbunker, he added: “These guys are just mad. To be frank, they got caught. They think they should be allowed to spam.”

Cyberbunker has hired a group of hackers or attackers to initiate the world’s largest DDoS attack on Spamhaus’s computers. And a spokesperson of the hackers’ group has publicly acknowledged this fact, “We are aware that this is one of the largest DDoS attacks the world had publicly seen.”

Where is this going? Well, we will see. But what has happened to the world? The internet is starting to become equally dangerous. This has to stop.

Source: The New York Times

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  1. Make the jail sentences for DDoS attacks in line with felony criminal activity. We coddle internet crimes as a whole and delude ourselves into thinking that we just can’t catch them. The criminal is in another country or they used a botnet and we don’t new who it is. If we tie the expenditure of resources to locate the criminal commensurate with the crime, add that to their restitution or jail time. Crimes like this affect large portions of society at once. Stealing a car may only affect a few people, yet the auto thief gets more punishment because he’s more easily caught. It’s upside down folks. Put ’em in jail for 10+ years and see if some teenager with his daddy’s Mac wants to try his hand at hacking.

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