A man associated with the largest cyber-attack in history was arrested this past April in Spain. According to the Dutch Public Ministry, a 35-year old Dutchman is suspected for the cyber-attacks on SpamHaus.
Cyber Bunker spokesman, Sven Olaf Kamphuis, tried to disable SpamHaus, a non-profit organization that works for large agencies and creates real-time blacklists of spam networks and operations. Sven Olaf Kamphuis is affiliated with Stophaus, a group who repeatedly attempts to shut down the anti-spam SpamHaus operation.
The distribution denial of service, commonly referred to as DDoS attack, took place towards the end of March and was labelled the largest attack in Internet history. At one point, SpamHaus servers were overwhelmed with 300 billion bits-per second of data. The attack flooded targeted web servers with fake traffic, making them inaccessible.
The U.S. Government and Cyber Security
The U.S. government is becoming more involved with cybersecurity and the prevention of cyber threats. For example, Obama’s new initiative for cyber threats and The House’s cyber security initiative show that government authorities support plans to prevent cyber threats.
The SpamHaus Project, an international nonprofit organization based in Geneva, Switzerland, and London, UK, was founded in 1998 with the mission of tracking Internet spam operations and sources.
SpamHaus provides dependable anti-spam protection and works alongside law enforcement agencies to identify and stop spam and malware gangs worldwide. Thirty-eight dedicated investigators run SpamHaus, and work with network engineers and forensic specialists in ten different countries.
The SpamHaus network is believed be responsible for filtering out roughly 80% of daily spam messages. In 2011, a lawsuit threatening to shut them down was dismissed, as the network helps to secure our email infrastructure.