On Wednesday, parts of the Internet slowed down when a group of spammers working in an abandoned bunker in the Netherlands decided to launch a cyberattack. The attack was aimed at the anti-spam watchdog, Spamhaus, which blocks fake Viagra and weight-loss ads. When Spamhaus added Cyberbunker to its blacklist, the Dutch group retaliated with a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, one of the largest reported cyberattacks ever. Experts join us to talk about the incident and the future of online security.

Matthew Prince, CEO and co-founder of CloudFlare, Inc. -- a local company that protects websites from traffic surges and cyberattacks
Kevin Mitnick, founder and CEO of Mitnick Security Consulting LLC, and author of "Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted Hacker"
Edward Stroz, co-president of Stroz Friedberg, a national digital risk management and investigations firm, and former FBI special agent dealing with Internet extortion and denial-of-service attacks

  • Ambulamus

    It’s all fake. This so-called attack is what’s called a false flag, meaning that one party (most likely the Pentagon) stages an attack while pretending to be someone else. Their goal is to build public support for limiting Internet freedom on behalf of the 1% oligarchs who hate our freedoms and always have.

    • Charley_Crews

      Get a clue, man.

    • Knowledge

      And get a grip.

  • Albert

    Your guests include a company that stands to profit from hyping false threats, and two consultants who have profited monetarily and career-wise from hyping false threats, especially the FBI agent. Totally one-sided.

  • Monsieur Oblong

    You have fallen for a CloudFlare press release. It *is* correct that this is likely the largest DNS amplification attack we’ve seen, however, it had zero impact across the internet *except* to CloudFlare, which is in the business of shielding companies from these attacks, and then advertising their success in the national media when they successfully do their job.

  • Arthur

    To what extent can and should network managers block customers with network spoofs, botnet zombies, etc., so that these bad actors don’t pollute the entire network? To what extent should network peering agreements require that network managers keep their network clean?

  • EmailGuy

    I work in the email marketing industry. Be careful to paint Spamhaus as innocent victims. It’s an open secret in the industry that many spammers have paid off Steve Linford in order to be removed from their RBL. So, while I don’t condone the attacks, it may be simply retribution for a deal gone bad.

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