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[ISN] When spammers go to war: Behind the Spamhaus DDoS
By Peter Bright
Mar 28 2013
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 largeâup to 300Gb/sâthat the
volume of traffic is threatening to bring down core Internet
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.
Sven Olaf Kamphuis is, however, affiliated with the newly organized
group "STOPhaus." STOPhaus claims that Spamhaus is "an offshore criminal
network of tax circumventing self declared internet terrorists
pretending to be 'spam' fighters" that is "attempt[ing] to control the
internet through underhanded extortion tactics."
STOPhaus claims to have the support of "half the Russian and Chinese
Internet industry." It wants nothing less than to put Spamhaus out of
action, and it looks like it's not too picky about how that might be
accomplished. And if Spamhaus wonât back down, Kamphuis has made clear
that even more data can be thrown at the anti-spammers.
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