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Internet slowed by cyber attack on spam blocker

Published on Mar 28, 2013 6:02 AM
 
A cyber warfare expert works on his Apple laptop computer during a portrait session in Charlotte, North Carolina in this Dec 1, 2011 file photograph.  One of the largest ever cyber attacks is slowing global internet services and the disruption could get worse, experts said on Wednesday, after an organisation blocking "spam" content became a target. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - One of the largest ever cyber attacks is slowing global internet services and the disruption could get worse, experts said on Wednesday, after an organisation blocking "spam" content became a target.

Spamhaus, a London and Geneva-based non-profit group which helps weed out unsolicited "spam" messages for email providers, said it had been subjected to "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attacks on an unprecedented scale for more than a week.

"Based on the reported scale of the attack, which was evaluated at 300 Gigabits per second, we can confirm that this is one of the largest DDoS operations to date," online security firm Kaspersky Lab said in a statement.

"There may be further disruptions on a larger scale as the attack escalates."

 
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