It's not just you: the entire Internet is slow right now

If you have been trying to stream your favorite movie on Netflix today, or download your legally purchased copy of BioShock Infinite, you may be thinking that your connection is slower than normal. In this case, the problem may not be with your local ISP but with the entire Internet.

The BBC reports that the source of all these issues is a denial of service attack on the domain name servers run by Spamhaus. Its CEO, Steve Linford, claims that their servers have been under attack for over a week with peaks of 300 GB a second. Even though Spamhaus has stayed up and running, the attacks have caused Internet traffic globally to slow down.

So what caused this attack? Spamhaus also hosts blacklists that are designed to stop email spam around the world. Recently, the non-profit organization used its email spam list to block servers from Cyberbunker, a Dutch-based web hosting service. Spamhaus claims that Cyberbunker is working with other criminal groups in Eastern Europe and Russia to launch these denial of service attacks. A spokesperson for Cyberbunker did state that in their opinion, Spamhaus was abusing their power by blocking Cyberbunker but did not actually admit to being involved in the cyber attacks.

Source: BBC
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Sven Olaf Kamphuis, who claims to be a spokesman for Cyberbunker, said, in a message, that Spamhaus was abusing its position, and should not be allowed to decide "what goes and does not go on the internet".
But your Prime Minister thinks she (being the force behind the EU) does think that. Just thinking about the beginning of all these sites, which are now blocked thanks to her.

I realise your personal opinion may not be that of your leader, but you must realise you can't have it both ways.

Gigabit not Gigbyte a second. I would think Neowin could get this correct seeing as they just copy the news from else where and they are a technical community site.

their servers have been under attack for over a week with peaks of 300 GB a second. Even though Spamhaus has stayed up and running

nice server setup they have!!

Now i hope anonymous, or other group like them, that claims to be for the people would help us out by making those kind of people go down. If they can hack governments they should be able to easily take them down.

Specially now that we know that those at Cyberbunker are one of the major spammers or help the spammers as much as they do and even supports them. They should be easy target now.

I saw one website go slow but now its fine. Not noticing any higher pings on my server that runs on a Level3 line or any extra packet loss.

Because, as a fellow Comcast user, we are used to things generally sucking that when there is a slowdown, it just seems like a normal day.

Same here. The only time I've had trouble with Comcast speed the last few years was when they suspended me for going over the bandwidth cap a couple of years ago.

Is the Cyberbunker website meant to be a retro design? If it isn't ... it's been designed by 5 year olds ... if it is ... it's been made to look like it was designed by 5 year olds ... What an offence to my eyes!!!!

85mbit's easy peazy, no issues here, haven't noticed a thing. If anything its a certain route that is getting clogged up, but I doubt 300gbit is going to "take down the internet". That's a pin drop in the sea.

I guess I'm either utterly stupid or missing something. How can an random ddos attack against a random NS cause an global internet slowdown? Sure the data rates are big but not so big to "slow down" the whole net.

No slowdown for me (in us) or any of our clients the last 72 hours, been constantly surfing and streaming most of the last 18 hours as well haven't even noticed a hiccup, perhaps it's mostly contained to Europe.

BTW The articles says this has been going on for a week, you'd think we'd have heard about it before now if it was actually causing major problems for anyone other then Spamhaus and their provider(s).

Let the games continue...

Edited by knighthawk, Mar 27 2013, 3:15pm :

HighwayGlider said,

I really hope you you know that is Captain Picard...

It was your ISP that started this rumor in the first place. Don't see any change in my connection and I surf "the entire Internet".