A major spamming battle between rival websites has reduced some of the internet and email services across the world to a crawl.
This so called battle between the anti spamming websites and the web hosting company has resulted in 300gb of data a second being released across the internet.
Among some of the sites was the video streaming service Netflix but, with just a mere 50gb of data enough to crash a banks servers, there were fears that this problem could escalate and become much bigger than first though.
An experienced IT security consultant said that the attackers were beginning to threaten the crucial domain name system which holds up the whole internet. He then added if they are able to direct too much traffic through the DNS then it could bring down the whole internet meaning losses for everyone.
The target of the week long attach is Spamhaus, it is a not-for-profit organisation based in London and Geneva. It says that it is retaliation for blacklisting Dutch company, Cyberbunker, which is based in a former NATO bunker.
Spamhaus has claimed that the attack that has been widely acknowledged as the largest of its type ever seen, it was the work of an alliance of hackivists and cyber criminals.
On Tuesday experts had warned that the assault could go as far as to impact on banking and personal email accounts, Spamhaus keeps a database of web servers which are known to be used for malicious purposes, such as sending spam mail for bogus products and earlier this month they added Cyberbunker.
They have said that Cyberbunker has launched a huge ‘denial of service’ (DDoS) attack in relation by flooding its servers with internet traffic. This is like jamming a mailbox with hundreds of letters at the same time, or getting a thousand texts all at the same time your phone will crash because it cannot cope like the internet will eventually crash if it carries on.
Jake currently writes for Dial Up 247, an internet company that provides pay as you go dial up.