Arrest over Spamhaus DDOS Attack

Tuesday 30 April 2013

Police in Spain have arrested a man linked to the Spamhaus DDOS attack that took place in March.

The name of the arrested man has not been released, but police have released the initials – S. K.  He travelled across Spain in a mobile computer lab equipped with antennae for scanning frequencies and was capable of hacking into networks anywhere across Spain.  It has been confirmed that the man is Dutch, and hails from the Alkmaar.  He is expected to be extradited back to Holland within ten days, and he will face the Dutch justice system.

The suspect was arrested over a week ago and was questioned over the weekend in Madrid by the National Court.  He identified himself as a diplomat representing the “Telecommunications and Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Republic of Cyberbunker.”

The case looking into the Spamhaus attacks included police and investigators from Britain, Spain, Holland, Germany and the United States.  It was one of the largest and most thorough investigations in the brief history of the internet.

A DDOS attack takes place when a huge amount of traffic is aimed at a server, usually from a variety of sources that may include coming from bots installed into infected computers.

Dutch police alerted the Spanish authorities that a large scale DDOS attack was originating in Spain and was causing disruption to servers across Switzerland, the United States and Britain.

Spamhaus was targeted for the denial-of-service attack after several servers were blacklisted for sending out spam attacks.  Spamhaus is a British-Swiss collaboration that is intended to combat spam on the internet.  Spam usually takes the form of e-mails, such as those seen for bogus Viagra or weight loss products.

A high profile DDOS attack last year caused severe disruption to American banking.  That attack ran at the usual rate for a high level DDOS attack on a server that will run at 100 billion bits per second.  The attack on Spamhaus peaked at over three times that figure, but due to good server management and security features the Spamhaus server did not succumb to the attack.

The attack on Spamhaus, and its subsequent defence, demonstrates why it is important to have a good web hosting solution.

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