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Burma Hit By Ongoing Net Attack

 4:00 pm on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

Burma Hit By Ongoing Net Attack [bbc.co.uk]
An ongoing computer attack has knocked Burma off the internet, just days ahead of its first election in 20 years.

The attack started in late October but has grown in the last few days to overwhelm the nation's link to the net, said security firm Arbor Networks.

Reports from Burma say the disruption is ongoing.

The attack, which is believed to have started on 25 October, comes ahead of closely-watched national elections on 7 November.



 8:28 pm on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

Strange, who would be behind such a thing? Most probably the repressive government of Burma itself, trying to block its citizens from accessing the web. Crazy stuff.


 8:50 pm on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

Don't assume it's a hacker, it's just as likely to be some 'body' who wants more control.

Wars justify military spending and military spending is HUGE business, ask the top 5 united nations peacekeeping countries who also happen to be the top 5 arms dealing countries at the same time.

Has hacking become the equivalent in attempting to further legislate the net? Very likely.


 9:40 pm on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

some DDoS isn't even really hacking is it?

Now busting into their routers and breaking them......


 10:29 pm on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

Only in the last week or so I read somewhere that Burma itself had said it would disable at least part of the internet ahead of the coming elections.

Who is Ddossing who ?

As I see it, it's a cheap excuse to prevent the people contacting each other and/or organizing things.


 11:11 pm on Nov 5, 2010 (gmt 0)

Burma links to the wider net via cables and satellites that, at most, can support data transfers of 45 megabits of data per second.

Um, my web server has 100Mbps, compared to their 45Mpbs connection to the outside world, which is easy to compromise. Heck, my Comcast internet connection uses up to 20Mbps bandwidth just downloading a single file!

This really isn't much news except to highlight that Burma has no internet infrastructure worth mentioning. Almost anyone could easily DDOS their bandwidth, wouldn't require a botnet either. I would take them offline with just the bandwidth on a few of my servers and still have a lot of bandwidth to spare.


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