Akamai Tech: DDoS attack on Spamhaus did not break the Internet (Update 2)

  • Technology
  • Thursday, 28 Mar 2013

By TAN KIT HOONG bytz@thestar.com.my

While various websites have been reporting that the Internet would be crippled by the latest distributed denial of service attack (DDoS), it would seem the reality is less dramatic.

Tech site Gizmodo, in an article entitled "That Internet War Apocalypse is a Lie" (goo.gl/XnspD) asserts that the impact on the Internet has been greatly exaggerated, and in fact, there was very little impact on the speed and health of Internet traffic, even in the countries that are said to be affected.

Star Bytz contacted John Ellis, enterprise security director Asia Pacific, Akamai Technologies, to comment on whether such an attack made an impact on the Internet.

Akamai operates one of the largest distributed-computing platforms in the world and is responsible for transparently mirroring and delivering content to users on the Internet.

“I tend to agree with the author [of the Gizmodo article]. This attack was big, and targeted the service providers of the Spamhaus’s hosting provider CloudFlare. Such an attack could hurt certain geographically isolated countries that have a very finite Internet bandwidth, but the Internet per se does not have a central/single point of failure,” said Ellis.

“It is not the interest of any cyber criminal, activist or even foreign state to take down’ the entire Internet. Disrupt localised and specific sections, most certainly, and even being more specific, certain entities, governments, and enterprises most definitely, but not the entire Internet.”

Ellis also added that since Spamhaus itself has no sites located in this country, Malaysians will see little to no disruption when accessing local sites and “may” only experience some performance issues if accessing sites that are serviced by the network operators who are being attacked.

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