What you need to know about the world’s biggest DDoS attack

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This story was updated at 2.15am PT on Thursday to reflect CyberBunker’s denial that it or its hosting customers ever sent spam. The company does not deny involvement in the attack, though.

The last week has seen probably the largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack ever. It’s being reported in fairly dramatic terms, with the New York Times and BBC talking about the internet getting jammed or slowed down.

So what’s actually going on? Here’s a rundown of some key points:

A what attack?

DDoS attacks, as the “distributed” part suggests, involve large numbers of computers bombarding a target system with traffic, with the idea being to stop that system from functioning. A bunch of South Korean banks and broadcasters got temporarily crippled by such an attack a week ago, for example.

Who got hit this time?

The intended target appears to be Spamhaus, a European organization that maintains…

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Server Information – D9 Solutions Ltd.

wp-login.php DDOS Attack (In Progress)

Over the past 24 hours there has been a widespread DDOS campaign targeting the popular CMS script WordPress, in particular the file used to log into the admin area of the script; wp-login.php. Large numbers of IP addresses from across the world have been attacking any files they can find, resulting in massive issues for web hosts and the stability of web servers.

The last week has seen probably the largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack ever. It’s being reported in fairly dramatic terms, with the New York Times and BBC talking about the internet getting jammed or slowed down.

So what’s actually going on? Here’s a rundown of some key points:

A what attack?

DDoS attacks, as the “distributed” part suggests, involve large numbers of computers bombarding a target system with traffic, with the idea being to stop that system from functioning. A bunch of South Korean banks and broadcasters got temporarily crippled by such an attack a week ago, for example.

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In addition  the attacks are now  being used by a “Map” of the WordPress  community to attack and break into anyone with admin as their user name… one of the largest attacks ever and has resulted in many isps shutting down any access to your word press installation .

How you may have inadvertently participated in recent DDoS attacks

The botnets driving the recent distributed denial of service attacks are powered by millions of infected computers. Their coordinated flood of requests overwhelms the Internet’s DNS servers, slowing them down and even knocking the servers offline. The long-term solution for site operators and visitors alike may rely on reluctant ISPs working together.

find out how  you can   protect your site and computer

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