A Netherlands-based web hosting firm was behind a denial of service attack that caused a global slowdown of the Internet, the Daily Telegraph reports.
Switzerland-based Spamhaus, a not-for-profit anti-spam organization, placed CyberBunker on a blacklist of sites email providers use to filter spam.
John Reid, a Spamhaus spokesman, told Bloomberg the distributed denial of service attack affected several large networks and Internet exchange points such as the London Internet Exchange.
The New York Times reports the attack also reached Silicon Valley-based internet security firm CloudFlare, who was trying to stop the attack and was targeted as a result.
These attacks have reached a data stream of 300 billion bits per second, according to the Times.
“It is the largest publicly announced DDoS attack in the history of the Internet,” Patrick Gilmore, Akamai Networks chief architect, told the Times.