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World's 'largest' cyber attack allegedly jams Internet

If you’ve noticed your Internet slowing down over the past week, that could be the result of what has been described as the largest global cyber attack in history, the BBC has reported (opens in new tab).

The attack reportedly stemmed from a dispute between spam filtration firm Spamhaus (opens in new tab) and Dutch web hosting group Cyberbunker (opens in new tab). According to reports, Spamhaus, which keeps blocklists to help it determine what unwanted material to keep out, blocked servers belonging to Cyberbunker. The move earned it a sustained series of DDoS attacks, which Spamhaus claims is affecting core Internet infrastructure.

In a statement to the BBC, a purported Cyberbunker spokesperson said Spamhaus should not have the power to decide "what goes and does not go on the internet".

Cyberbunker has not issued an official comment.

For its part, Spamhaus has accused the hosting group of working with “criminal gangs” from Russia and Eastern Europe to carry out the attack.

"We've been under this cyber-attack for well over a week,” Spamhaus chief executive Steve Linford told the BBC.

"But we're up - they haven't been able to knock us down. Our engineers are doing an immense job in keeping it up - this sort of attack would take down pretty much anything else,” Linford added.

Five national cyber defence authorities are said to be working on cracking the case.

However, despite the allegedly unprecedented magnitude of the attack, we have yet to see any proof of what is being described as the world’s biggest cyber attack.

The news comes on the heels of the UK government’s announcement of a brand-new cybercrime defence initiative (opens in new tab).