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HindustanTimes Fri,19 Sep 2014

World

Biggest cyber attack may be a PR stunt
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London, April 02, 2013
First Published: 00:19 IST(2/4/2013)
Last Updated: 00:20 IST(2/4/2013)

It has been called one of the biggest ever cyberattacks in history, one that nearly broke the internet. But did you even notice? If not, you’re not alone.

The headlines have been apocalyptic: “Global internet slows after biggest attack in history”; “Biggest ever cyberattack slows internet for millions”; “The attack that nearly broke the internet”; “Cyber attack jams crucial infrastructure around the world”.

According to a company called CloudFlare, this particular assault — by a Dutch hosting company, Cyberbunker, on a not-for-profit anti-spam organisation called Spamhaus — eventually escalated to cause “congestion across several major (top-level, backbone internet networks), primarily in Europe, that would have affected hundreds of millions of people.” Guardian News Service


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