Cyber Attack Thought to Originate in Russia

A massive cyber attack targeting a European spam-fighting group that slowed some global Internet traffic to a crawl appears to have been launched by a gang of hackers from Russia and neighboring countries, says the head of a Russian firm specializing in defending against such attacks.Alexander Lyamin, of Moscow’s Highload Labs, says he believes the same group that caused trouble around the world with its attack against the non-profit Spamhaus Project Ltd. had earlier launched a series of brief strikes on several top Russian Internet companies as a trial run of their weapon known as a Domain Name System amplification attack.
http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2013/03/28/cyber-attack-thought-to-originate-in-russia/Also see:When spammers go to war: Behind the Spamhaus DDoS
Over the last ten days, a series of massive denial-of-service attacks has been aimed at Spamhaus, a not-for-profit organization that describes its purpose as “track[ing] the Internet’s spam operations and sources, to provide dependable realtime anti-spam protection for Internet networks.” These attacks have grown so large — up to 300Gb/s — that the volume of traffic is threatening to bring down core Internet infrastructure.The New York Times reported recently that the attacks came from a Dutch hosting company called CyberBunker (also known as cb3rob), which owns and operates a real military bunker and which has been targeted in the past by Spamhaus. The spokesman who the NYT interviewed, Sven Olaf Kamphuis, has since posted on his Facebook page that CyberBunker is not orchestrating the attacks. Kamphuis also claimed that NYT was plumping for sensationalism over accuracy.
http://arstechnica.com/security/2013/03/when-spammers-go-to-war-behind-the-spamhaus-ddos/

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