Spam battle slows internet down to a crawl
Yesterday, you may have noticed things running a little slower on your computer/phone/tablet/whatever. You may have filled the air with rage, shaking your device and threatening it with a hammer, but rest assured, it wasn't the fault of your gadget.
What happened was, a cyberwar kicked off thanks to a whole load of spam.
It all kicked off between an anti-spam website and a web hosting company it blacklisted, which saw 300gb of data A SECOND flooding the internet.
So if you were trying to watch a film on Netflix, and found it kept crashing or buffering, their servers were groaning away, caught up in a spam battle. With excellent hyperbole, IT security consultant Kevin Wharram said the attackers were beginning to threaten the crucial domain name system which underpins the whole internet.
He said: "If they managed to direct too much traffic through the DNS, it could bring down the internet."
The target of the attack is Spamhaus, and Cyberbunker - a company based in an old NATO bunker, which is just great - retaliated to a blacklisting by trying to break the internet. Apparently, it is the largest of its type we've seen to date, and was orchestrated by a team of hackivists and cyber-criminals.
So, if you experienced online trouble last night, it was a bunch of super geeks who smell like Pot Noodles seeing who could swing their virtual dicks the highest.