Bahrain's ISPs suffer amid DDoS attack

Local report indicates Bahrain's Internet services were hit by DDoS attack in Europe

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Bahrain's ISPs suffer amid DDoS attack A denial of service attack on Spamhaus may have caused repercussions beyond Europe.
By  Roger Field Published  April 1, 2013

Internet services in Bahrain could face weeks of sluggish speeds and disruption owing to a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) against Spamhaus, a European organisation that tracks Internet spam and provides anti-spam protection for ISPs, Bahrain's Gulf Daily News reported.

"We have been given reports that the spam attack is affecting Bahrain but we still don't know to what extent," a source was quoted as saying.

Spamhaus, which has offices in Geneva and London, confirmed in a statement that the attack was "the biggest attack ever directed at Spamhaus".

The not-for-profit organisation also admitted that the attack, which has been in progress since about March 18, could affect not just its own networks, but Internet services further afield.

"Core Internet infrastructure may be overwhelmed by the amount of traffic involved in an attack. When that happens, all traffic that passes through that part of the Internet is impacted," the organisation said.

"Attacks can be directed at core infrastructure precisely to inflict such collateral damage. With this attack, some collateral damage may have been seen locally, all depending on where you connect to the Internet and when you look."

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