Friday, March 29, 2013

Cyber attack against Spamhaus overhyped

After making headlines now questions are being asked whether the hype created about cyber attack by DDoS against Spamhaus was real or otherwise.

And most believe it wasn't like a mother of all cyber attack of history.

Computer World reports that the massive distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack on Spamhaus, which has many enemies as it seeks to stop Internet spam, was though a stunning event in that at some point the DDoS attack reached 300 billion bits per second, which likely does make it the most intense DDoS attack in history in terms of sheer speed.

But when many in the media somehow ended up reporting that this DDoS attack last week caused a global slowdown, that was simply wrong, says Keynote Systems, which does global monitoring of websites for performance.

The hundreds of websites that Keynote monitors showed no performance changes that were out of the ordinary at all, says Aaron Rudger, senior market manager at Keynote, which went back and closely compared U.S. Web performance to European performance to see if it could find evidence to support all these Internet slowdown assertions heard in both the European and U.S. the media.

There was simply nothing to be found that jumps out as unusual at all, except for on March 26, average website response time for users in the cities of Stockholm, Amsterdam, London, Paris and Frankfurt slowed slightly to 2.4 seconds while the U.S. averaged 1.2 seconds.

Whether the DDoS attack against Spamhaus had anything to do with the slightly slower response time is uncertain, but it's not unusual to find some slower responses when certain events, such as soccer games occur, as there happened to be one on that day.

via Computer World
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