Cyber attacks are usually directed at companies or governments, both of which are protected by an organisation called Spamhaus. But what happens when you attack Spamhaus?
A large and ongoing cyber attack against a spam-filtering organisation called Spamhaus has been found to be the cause for a global 'slow down' of the internet.
According to a report by the BBC, the cyber attack is the largest in history and has been found to be responsible for slow internet speeds and users struggling to load services like Netflix or LOVEFiLM.
The attack was directed at an organisation called Spamhaus which operates solely for the purpose of filtering the world's internet from known spam whilst also searching for potential spam threats and then blocking them.
Spamhaus, talking to the BBC, have alleged that the attack is likely to have come from a company called Cyberbunker in collaboration with Russian and Eastern European criminal gangs.
The site goes on to claim that the attack is in response to Spamhaus's decision to block Cyberbunkers servers after it admitted that it would host almost any content.
The attack uses DDoS to overwhelm its intended target with traffic making it unusable, in this case the target was Spamhaus which meant that its effects were felt all over the internet rather than just by the company.