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Massive online attack blamed for slower Internet speeds

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Internet slowed down by huge denial of service attack. Internet slowed down by huge denial of service attack.
Dave Hatter giving FOX19 his take on Internet & website issues at his firm Libertas Technologies. Dave Hatter giving FOX19 his take on Internet & website issues at his firm Libertas Technologies.
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

A massive online attack is being blamed for slowing down access to Netflix's video streaming service and numerous other websites people are trying to visit. It all boils down to a fight over spam.

According to the New York Times, an anti-spam group is blocking a Dutch website company, accusing it of spamming. In retaliation, the company's supporters are hitting Internet servers with a denial-of-service attack that's causing a huge online traffic jam. It's like jamming hundreds of letters through a mail slot at the same time, is how the Associated Press puts it.

The larger problem, according to Dave Hatter of Libertas Technologies in Cincinnati, is that the Internet was not built to withstand attacks like these.

"When all of this stuff was invented in the late 60s and the stuff that has sprung forth from those original inventions, you know, people really didn't anticipate the way it would be used now," Hatter said from his firm's offices downtown. "So consequently, security and privacy and those kinds of concepts weren't really baked into the underlying foundation of this."

To put in perspective how large this attack is, the one that led to persistent outages at U.S. banking sites late last year peaked at about 100 billion bits per second. The attack resulting from the Dutch company being blacklisted is clocking in at 300 billion bits per second, the largest attack on Internet service ever publicly revealed.

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