Mar 29, 2013

Global Internet Slowdown!

A day after the Cyber attack and Under sea cable cut lead to the Internet slowdown.

"There was a very marginal impact. Only BSNL services were affected, that too in the south. North India largely remained unaffected. Private service providers were unaffected. We remained mostly unaffected as most of the DNS servers are located in India," Mr Sibal said. A DNS or Domain Name System is a standard technology for managing the names of websites and other Internet domains. It contains a database of network names and addresses for other Internet hosts.

On Thursday, as a result of a massive cyber-attack (called "bazooka" attack) on spam-fighting company Spamhaus from groups angry at being blacklisted, led to a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack which at times peaked at more than 300 billion bits per second (300Gbps) of data - three times higher than the previous record attack of 100 Gbps.

Anybody trying to access the Internet within the path that this attack was travelling felt that the Net is dead. And as coincidences go, Etisalat, one of the biggest ISPs suffered a break in one of its fiber optic cables in the Mediterranean off the Egyptian coast near Alexandria. This led to most of the Middle East and others areas going dark too. Both were completely unrelated events though.

Source  : NDTV

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