Ferry Boender

Programmer, DevOpper, Open Source enthusiast.


DDoS attack paralyses Estonia

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Hackers Take Down the Most Wired Country in Europe:

At exactly 11 pm, Estonia was slammed with traffic coming in at more than 4 million packets per second, a 200-fold surge. Globally, nearly 1 million computers suddenly navigated to a multitude of Estonian sites, ranging from the foreign ministry to the major banks. It was a larger-scale version of what had happened to the Postimees, except that the entire country’s bandwidth capacity was being squeezed.

The story is a little over the top, there’s a lot of speculation and I doubt Estonia is ‘the Most Wired Country in Europe’, but it’s still an interesting read. I wonder if the Europian Union has any plans on how to counter such calamities. Basically all that’s needed is a good line of communications via which immediate action can be taken to stop traffic as close to the root as possible, I guess.

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