Antispam outfit Spamhaus wants coppers to arrest five people it alleges took part in one of the largest cyberattacks on record that caused Internet outages throughout Europe early last year. Spamhaus has identified two North Americans, two Russians and one Chinese person who it believes participated in a large distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS) that was nicknamed “Stophaus.”
Spamhaus is a frequent target for retribution due to its widely used data feeds that help software applications identify and filter spam messages. The outfit wrote that several more spammers and cybercrime-involved server hosting company owners were peripherally involved.
The U.K.’s National Crime Agency has charged a 17-year-old from London with computer misuse, fraud and money laundering in connection with the attacks and Spain arrested a Dutch man in April 2013. In that case the man, Sven Olaf Kamphuis, ran CyberBunker.com, a hosting provider that Spamhaus alleges offers a “bulletproof” service that doesn’t cooperate with law enforcement.
The Stophaus attack was considered one of the largest-ever DDoS attacks. The requests were forged to appear to come from the victim’s IP address, sending overwhelming traffic to that network. The attack created 300GBits/s of traffic, which overwhelmed Spamhaus and caused problems for some European Internet exchange nodes.